Heart Failure Research

Heart failure (HF) is one of the most common and costly problems. Research involves testing new drugs or treatments to try and help people with HF. You may be asked to join in a research study for many reasons. These include testing a new drug or teaching you a new way to control your HF. Others may survey how you feel and live with your HF. Many of the medicines and treatments you receive now were tested in patients just like you.

If you decide to join a research study, you may be helping to improve the lives of others with HF. If you participate in research you may benefit by receiving free care, new treatments, more aggressive care or even money for your time. Whatever the reason, make sure you know what you will be asked to do. Also find out how long you will be in the study, what the benefits and risks are, and how your care may be changed.

Often, people who take part in research studies have a 50-50 chance of getting the new treatment or of getting normal care. Sometimes, neither they, nor their doctor know which group they are in so that there is no bias for the new treatment.

Research studies are often run by groups who make drugs or devices, the government, or non-profit groups and schools. Many federal and local groups watch over the research studies to make sure that they are legal, fair, and just. They make sure that people in the study are not harmed. They also make sure patients are told of new findings, and can stop being in the study at any time. Being in a research study is a good thing to do and may help you, but ask a lot of questions and discuss this choice with your loved ones and health care provider.