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More than any specialty in medicine, cardiology owes its success to an impressive array of clinical trials that have brought us wonder drugs such as beta blockers, statins, ACE inhibitors, and wonder devices such as stents, pacemakers and ICD’s.

At Atlanta Heart Specialists, we are pleased to offer you an opportunity to participate in clinical research. Directed by Dr. Narendra Singh, the program is already recognized nationally and internationally as a leading enrolling center and for its outstanding contribution to the advancement of cardiovascular medicine.

Dr. Singh brings over 20 years of clinical trial expertise in both Canada and the United States. Through the diligent efforts of our highly talented team of research nurses we ensure that your participation is in an enjoyable, safe caring and comforting environment.

Please feel free to discuss with your doctor about the possible benefits of participation in a clinical trial. Currently, all our trials are conducted through the Cumming, Johns Creek and Tucker offices. Our research nurses may also approach you to consider participating in a trial if they see that you are eligible.

 
What is a clinical trial?
 
  • A “clinical trial” is a research study to answer specific questions about investigational treatments, or new ways of using known treatments.
  • It is a test to see if the investigational treatment is safe and effective.
  • Doctors run the tests according to strict rules set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • All our studies are approved and overseen by an Institutional Review Board (IRB).
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    Why should I participate?
     
  • You can try an investigational treatment before it is widely available.
  • You can help in the development of medical treatments that may help others.
  • You may benefit from an alternative course of treatment that you or your physician might not otherwise have known about.
  • You can play a more active role in your own health care.
  • You can obtain expert medical care during the trial.
  • You will be seen more often and this may help identify any health concerns sooner.
  • You will not be required to pay for any investigational treatments or visits that are outside of standard care.
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    What are the risks of clinical trials?
     
  • Many studies require the use of a placebo (an inactive substance that has no treatment value). Using a placebo means some volunteers may be getting standard treatment only.
  • Some investigational treatments may have side effects that can be unpleasant, serious or even life-threatening. The risks should be fully explained to you before any trial procedures are performed.
  • The investigational treatment may not be effective for you.
  • The trial may require more of your time and attention than would a standard treatment.
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    What rights do I have if I choose to participate in a clinical trial?
     
  • You may leave the study at any time or for any reason, without hindering your right to further treatment.
  • Participation will not affect your ability to get treatment for other conditions.
  • In addition, our group participates in hospital-based research programs at Northside Hospital - Forsyth, Emory Johns Creek Hospital and the Dekalb Medical Center.

    If you are interested in learning more about our research program and how you can participate, please call our dedicated research line at 678-679-1065. You may also email us at kraynes@atlantahearts.com or drsingh@ahsmed.com.

     

     
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