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.

http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=Hypertension

http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/search?term=High%20Blood%20Pressure

If you are thinking of participating in a clinical trial, you should talk to your doctor about it first.

Sources:

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

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