Current Clinical Trials in Hypertension
What Is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a health-related research study using people or patients
that volunteer to be given a new treatment or medicine. Clinical trials
are done to determine if a certain treatment or device is effective in
treating diseases and health conditions. Some clinical trials are done
to see if one medical treatment is better than another.
Clinical trials can be sponsored by the government agencies, medical schools,
pharmaceutical or device companies, or interest groups. Clinical trials
can take place in universities, medical centers, clinics, doctor's
offices, hospitals, or federally and industry-funded research sites.
Are Clinical Trials Safe To Join?
Regulations have been established to ensure that clinical trials are being
done as safely as possible. Since clinical trials involce medications
being taken and/or devices being used, there is some risk.
If you are thinking of enrolling in a clinical trial, be sure to read all
the information about the study, the treatment or device being tested,
and the possible side effects. Participation is voluntary and you can
withdraw at any time. You must agree or consent to participating in the
study in order to be included.
Are There Any Current Trials Near You?
For a list of current and past clinical trials related to high blood pressure
research, please click here on the links below.
If you are thinking of participating in a clinical trial, you should talk
to your doctor about it first.
Clinicaltrials.gov. Learn about clinical trials. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/about-studies/learn
National Heart Lung Blood Institute. What are clinical trials. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/studies/clinicaltrials