Research & Clinical Trials
We are not satisfied with performing the latest and best
treatments. We believe our team also has a responsibility to be actively
involved in research and clinical trials.
Improving Cardiovascular Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been at the forefront of
heart and vascular disease care for nearly 30 years:
- We are the only hospital in country
evaluating kidney function in patients with renal and mesenteric artery disease. Our work in
this area helps us determine whether treatment such as surgical
revascularization will be effective.
- Using shared decision-making techniques, we
are exploring ways to increase our patients’ involvement in decisions about
their care. Research has shown that this type of open dialogue can lead to
- Specialists in cardiology and cancer
(cardio-oncologists) are studying heart conditions associated with certain
cancer treatments in order to find new treatments using drug therapies.
Innovative Cardiovascular Treatments
Our research has played key roles in advancing the diagnosis,
treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease:
- Our cardiac anesthesiologists are using
research findings to make heart
surgery safer. Because of this work, our patients are less likely to
experience complications, such as blood transfusions, during their procedures.
- We are one of a few clinical sites in the
country examining gene therapy treatment for patients with complex forms of
vascular disease who cannot have surgery.
- Wake Forest is one of a select number of
hospitals testing the safety and effectiveness of new technology for treating heart valve disease. Our
participation in the Medtronic CoreValve® clinical trial means that we can
offer patients non-surgical, less-invasive techniques for implanting and
replacing heart valves.
Preventing Cardiovascular Disease: Research at Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center
We are exploring new methods for detecting early signs of
- Applying findings from landmark studies such
as the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s WISE (Women’s Ischemia
Syndrome Evaluation) Study, we are exploring new techniques to properly
diagnosis certain forms of heart disease in women.
- Our research in Cardiovascular Imaging techniques is helping
predict and prevent cardiovascular events, such as heart attack.
- We are the first hospital in the country to
rehabilitation. Our work in this area helps patients prevent future
complications. Hospitals around the world are using our findings to develop
rehabilitation programs of their own.
Heart & Vascular Disease Studies in North Carolina
Research at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is helping us learn
more about complex cardiovascular conditions: