Research & Clinical Trials
Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute
Breakthrough Cardiovascular Treatments for Our Patients
We have one of the most extensive cardiovascular research programs in the Sacramento region and are dedicated to delivering patients the most current cardiovascular treatments available. Our program has been conducting research studies since 1994 and has been involved in more than 100 trials that have brought breakthrough treatments and techniques into the hearts of our patients.
What is a clinical research study?
A clinical trial is a scientific method that helps researchers decide whether new treatments or devices are safe and effective to use in mainstream health care. These trials help physicians find new and better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, control and treat illnesses. All new therapies and devices must be tested in small groups of people before they can be released to the public, making clinical trials a vital part to the evolution of health care.
Why would you agree to take part in a clinical research study?
Clinical trials allow you to access new research treatments before they are widely available and gives you the opportunity help others by contributing to medical research.
Who can participate?
All clinical trials are different and require different criteria for participants. If you are interested in being a part of one of our clinical trials, you must first be screened by our department to make sure that you are right for the study and that the study is right for you.
What are the risks?
In some cases you may be involved in a study where the drug or procedure might not work as planned or there are side effects. Side effect reactions can vary from moderate to severe. If there are any known side effects to a study, you will be informed during your patient evaluation.
What happens during a research study?
When you become a participant of one of our studies, you will go through a thorough screening and consent process. First, we determine whether or not you meet the criteria for a clinical study we are offering. Once you have been cleared for a study, we explain in detail the process and procedures of the study making sure to answer any questions you may have along the way. You are then asked to sign a consent form for the study. From here the process can vary from study to study. Some studies are observational, where we monitor your habits and have you answer specific questions. Other studies are investigational, where drugs or procedures are being tested for general population use.
Are there costs involved being a participant of a clinical study?
In most clinical studies the costs incurred while being a part of the study will be covered by the company conducting the study. Your routine medical care will not be covered and will continue to be billed to you and your insurance company. Any costs associated with a clinical study will be discussed with you during the consent process.
How do you get involved or learn more?
Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute Research Center
2800 L Street, 250
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 887-4170 SHVICR@sutterhealth.org
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Sutter Institute for Medical Research offers a wide range of clinical trials beyond cardiovascular diagnosis. Contact Sutter Institute of Medical Research at (888) 777-8820 for a full list of current trials and requirements.