All cardiology specialists at the Auckland Heart Group are involved with clinical research. Studying ways in which patients may be treated is an integral part of a doctor's life. Cardiologists spend a variable amount of time with research; some are actively employed to carry out research, some are active during their clinical work whereas others may be more focused on clinical management, but remain supportive and encouraging of the overall research efforts.
Without clinical research, cardiology would never develop and improve its ability to treat the next generation of patients. Some patients treated at the public hospitals or in the private cardiology sphere of the Auckland Heart Group are invited to become involved in a clinical trial. These have all been thoroughly scrutinised and approved by the Northern Health Board's Ethics Committee, and patients are fully informed about the study prior to being accepted into a study.
It is of paramount importance to all doctors that patients understand that it is their absolute right to not become involved in a clinical trial. Patients then receive the full conventional treatment in the standard way.
Clinical Research Areas:
Auckland Heart Group cardiologists are currently involved in a wide range of research. Some of the current research with recently published papers, are shown here:
- Acute coronary syndrome
- Heart failure
- Interventional cardiology
- Prevention of vascular disease