Research Studies

Research and education have played a major role in the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute's growth and progress. In fact, one of the few privately funded cardiovascular research programs in the nation is part of the Heart & Vascular Institute. It gives qualifying patients access to cardiovascular clinical trials that are available at few other places in the country.

Physicians have helped raise the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute's research program to greater national and international prominence through research and day-to-day interaction with patients and peers. Along with other experts on the cardiovascular research team, our staff was involved with 45 active investigational protocols in the past year, and saw the commercial realization of some of the devices they helped investigate.

Types of Research

Swedish Cardiovascular Research is currently investigating numerous exciting technologies for opening arteries and keeping them open, such as stents coated with drugs/ as well as new drug-delivery systems. At the same time, there is a strong focus on research into preventing strokes and cerebrovascular disease.

Swedish cardiologists are identifying new territories for nonsurgical treatment. Vascular research also involves evaluating the use of other cutting-edge cardiac technologies for applications in vascular systems outside the heart. Examples include:

  • Coated stents
  • Covered stents
  • Embolic protection devices, to capture blood clots that develop in a small percentage of patients
  • New medicines being developed for peripheral-vascular patients
  • Techniques such as noninvasive imaging and biochemical testing, to identify patients at high risk for vascular disease

Our physicians are also at the forefront of their fields when it comes to advanced training and education.

  • Structural Heart Disease Research
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease Research
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology Research
  • Cell-based Therapy Research
  • Atrial Fibrillation Research
  • Coronary Artery Disease Research
  • Tissue banking and bench Research