& Clinical Trials
As a national leader in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center takes an active role in cardiovascular research. The goal of this research is to find better ways to treat, diagnose and prevent heart disease so that you can live better and longer. The studies also give us more information about preventing or reducing heart disease in healthy people. The CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center supports and participates in many clinical research trials.
Participants in clinical trials receive the highest standard of care. Patients volunteer to take part in clinical trials for a number of reasons, but most hope they will help themselves today and others in the future.
Your Safety as Our Patient
The Research Department at the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center undergoes rigorous review from the St. Cloud Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB). The purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights and safety of people who volunteer to take part in research studies. You may call if you have questions about your rights as a research participant or if you have a concern about participating in a study. You can also contact the IRB if you feel under any pressure to enroll or continue to participate in a study. Ask to speak with Linda Chmielewski, IRB chairperson at (320) 255-5785.
Our Commitment to Cardiovascular Research
As one of Minnesota's largest heart hospitals, we are pleased to be one of the few sites in the state that can offer you participation in clinical trials and access to novel cardiovascular drugs and therapies. We have an entire research department made up of highly skilled staff who are dedicated to cardiovascular research.
CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center Research Department
1406 Sixth Ave. N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 251-2700, ext. 57584
(800) 448-3455 toll-free