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Circulatory Research

Spokane Cardiology Research

Providence_Medical_Research_roboticsurgeryResearch in the field of cardiology involves the study of diseases of the heart. Cardiovascular or heart disease includes a number of conditions affecting the structures or function of the heart. They can include:

  • Coronary artery disease (including heart attack)
  • Abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias
  • Heart failure 
  • Heart valve disease
  • Congenital heart disease 
  • Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
  • Pericardial disease; diseases of the pericardium (A thin fibrous membrane sac that surrounds the heart) 

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. Research involving cardiology investigates ways to learn more about how the heart functions and ways to help prevent or treat heart disease. Treaments studied may include medications, therapies, and devices (such as stents), or lifestyle changes that address the problems associated with heart disease.

Spokane Vascular Research

Studies in the vascular field involve treatments and medications for assessment and treatment of the various vascular diseases.

The vascular system is the network of blood vessels found throughout the body. Vascular diseases are very common, especially as people age. Many people have these diseases and don't know it, because they rarely cause symptoms in the early stages.

Vascular diseases include:

  • Stroke (a clogged or narrowed blood vessel of the brain);
  • Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot breaks loose and travels to the heart and lungs);
  • Aneurysms (ballooning of a blood vessel); and
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (chronic disease effecting arteries of the limbs).

Spokane Pulmonary Research

Pulmonology is the medical specialty that deals with diseases of the lungs and the respiratory tract. Pulmonology is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases, as well as secondary prevention (tuberculosis). Physicians specializing in this area are called pulmonologists. Surgery of the respiratory tract is generally performed by specialists in cardiothoracic surgery (or thoracic surgery).

Pulmonary Research involves medical and surgical treatments of diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract.

Cardiovascular and Renal Events (CORAL) Study

The American Heart Association (AHA) unveiled its lineup of 39 late-breaking clinical trials at its scientific sessions presented recently in Dallas. A Randomized Multicenter Clinical Trial of Renal Artery Stenting in Preventing Cardiovascular and Renal Events (CORAL) was featured as one of the late-breakers. The CORAL study, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, evaluated optimal medical therapy with or without renal artery stenting in patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis. The study found no benefit of renal artery stenting over optimal medical therapy on any clinical outcomes of cardiovascular disease or kidney disease. The results published online in the New England Journal of Medicine immediately following the presentation.

Providence Medical Research Center (PMRC) was one of top ten (# 7) enrollers of 101 international sites, Katherine Tuttle, MD, the PMRC Principal Investigator, chaired the CORAL Hypertension and Risk Factor committee, which was responsible for ensuring optimal medical therapy for participants in the clinical trial.

Dr. Tuttle also served on the CORAL Steering Operations and Committees. Co-investigators at PMRC were Drs. Radica Alicic, Joseph Davis, Rodney Raabe, Michael Ring, Sandeep Saha and Ramu Patakoti.