Clinical Trials Related to Cardiology
Cardiology is a branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the heart, and parts of the circulatory system. These disorders include atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart disease, heart failure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, hypertension, tachycardia, and stroke.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, diabetes, and obesity are the leading causes of cardiovascular disease.
Participate in a clinical trial to help find alternative treatment options for different cardiovascular diseases.
Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. Over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries.
Enrolling in a study to assess values for Troponin T in healthy volunteers over the age of 20. This study includes one office visit and one blood draw. This information will be used to assess more accurate normal ranges for the different genders and races.
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely (View an animation of blood flow). This happens because coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood flow can slowly become narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances that together are called plaque. This slow process is known as atherosclerosis. When a plaque in a heart artery breaks, a blood clot forms around the plaque. This blood clot can block the blood flow through the heart muscle.
Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It can lead to severe health complications and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and sometimes death. Blood pressure is the force that a person’s blood exerts against the walls of their blood vessels.
Hypertriglyceridemia is the presence of high amounts of triglycerides in the blood. Triglycerides are the most abundant fatty molecule in most organisms. Hypertriglyceridemia occurs in various physiologic conditions and in various diseases, and high triglyceride levels are associated with atherosclerosis, even in the absence of hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol levels) and predispose to cardiovascular disease.
Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia is an abnormally fast heartbeat. A normal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute, but those with Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia will experience over 100 beats per minute.