Cardiovascular disease describes all diseases of the heart & circulation including everything from inherited conditions to developed conditions such as coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation, heart failure & stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide & accounts for approximately 150,000 deaths in the United Kingdom annually.
Research in Cardiology is important for many reasons:
- Trialling new medications/treatments & comparing them to current practice
- Long term studies comparing different current practices to obtain quantifiable results
- Introducing new platforms to improve disease management & care
- Testing advances in technology such as new cardiac stents.
Here at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust we have a dedicated Cardiac & Stroke receiving unit & a Coronary Care Ward. We have a large research team & try to offer every patient a chance to participate in research. This varies from simple questionnaires to trials of new medications & devices.
Overview of types of studies open to volunteers
We have a varied portfolio of studies currently open in the following areas:
- Heart failure
- Arrhythmias including Atrial fibrillation
- Coronary heart disease
- Lipid management & the effect on cardiovascular outcomes
- Hypertension management
- Acute Coronary Syndrome
If you are interested in taking part in any of our studies or want more information, please contact:
Mari Kononen – Cardiac Clinical Research Nurse