North Georgia Heart Foundation participates in approximately 30 clinical trials annually, encompassing interventional cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, heart failure, electrophysiology and general cardiology treatment modalities. By participating in research trials we have the opportunity to bring the newest medicines and devices available to North Georgia. But most importantly, our participation has the potential to impact the future of heart disease and keeping the hearts of North Georgia healthy for a long time to come.
Our Research Team
Donna Patrick, RN, CCRC – Research Manager
Janita Mastin, RN, MSN – Research Coordinator
Terri Tolar, RN – Research Coordinator
Completing more than 100 trials our team is considered a leader in conducting clinical research in our field. Managed by our three on-staff registered nurses with critical care and cardiology backgrounds, we participate in Phase II-Phase IV and IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) trials. As a result of the trials conducted, the community of northeast Georgia has benefited from carotid stenting, robotic angioplasty, MRI compatible pacemakers and new medications for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Currently no central organization exists to collect, compile and manage population based community research about cardiovascular disease in North Georgia. NGHF plans to partner with local medical programs of varying degrees to identify local research study topics that can be conducted to advance the care of hearts in North Georgia. By acting as a collection point and clearing house for these studies, NGHF will help compile and collect research findings and apply them for local benefit.
The founders of North Georgia Heart Foundation (NGHF) seek a world without cardiovascular disease, starting right outside our backdoor. With the support of the community, NGHF will serve as a platform to work towards making a significant difference in the lives of those in the communities of north Georgia and apply that knowledge for a global benefit.
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