What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study using volunteers to test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of heart disease. The Phoenix Heart Research department has been conducting clinical trials since 1991 under the direction of Fred H. Cucher, M.D., FACC.
Clinical trials are conducted to answer questions about new therapies and ways of using new or known treatments to determine whether they are safe and effective.
Our clinical trials are one of the safest ways to find new treatments that work for our patients.
Why should I participate?
Some patients participate in clinical trials because they have exhausted standard treatment options which may not have worked for them. Clinical trials may provide other options when standard modes of therapy have failed. Others participate because they want to contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge.
Participating in clinical trials is one approach for you to participate in your healthcare decisions, gain access to newly developed treatments, have access to expert medical care for the condition being studied and to help others by contributing to medical research.
Is there financial compensation for participating in studies?
Volunteers may be offered compensation in certain trials for their time and travel. All medications and testing are generally covered by the sponsors of the studies.
If I choose to participate in a study, what can I expect at my first appointment?
We will have you sign a general consent form after you have seen one of our providers, had the study explained, and answered all of your questions.
We will go over your medical history which will include any surgeries and/or hospitalizations. We will review your current medications that you are taking and discuss any reactions to medications that you may have experienced in the past. It will be helpful for you to bring the prescription and over the counter medications you are currently taking to the appointment.
We will perform blood pressure checks, complete a physical and discuss any new findings regarding your state of health. The results will be reviewed by our Principal Investigator. They are ultimately responsible for the safety of all of our volunteer patients. Your safety is our top priority in the Phoenix Heart Research department.
What are your current studies that you are enrolling for?
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Medications are available to treat your CHF while screening for changes in cognitive function. The study drug has been approved by the FDA.
Recent Heart Attack
An investigational drug has been evaluated in several large clinical trials which are designed to evaluate its effect in patients who have had a recent heart attack. The drug may prevent another heart attack in certain patient populations.
Pacemaker with Diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation
This trial studies medications showing promise in preventing secondary blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. The study drug has been approved by the FDA.
If you are interested in participating in one of our studies, please contact us at 602-298-7777 ext. 121.