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Research

Providing local access to cutting-edge cardiovascular research

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

Current Trials

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.

Community Research

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.

Interested in more information about trials we're currently enrolling?