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Learn more about the centers and cores at the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, Blood, and Vascular Medicine Institute and how our multidisciplinary team of scientists is advancing research in the heart, lung, and blood systems.

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Research and Clinical Trials at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

UPMC has long been a leader in cardiovascular care, with a rich history in clinical research and innovation.

At the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, our patients benefit from having access to some of the most current and promising procedures and medications.

Our expertise in diagnosing and treating a large and diverse volume of patients, along with our commitment to advancing scientific discovery, has helped us develop a very strong catalog of research on heart and vascular diseases.

Exploring New Cardiovascular Treatments

Our clinicians, surgeons, and physicians conduct ongoing heart and vascular clinical trials and research studies to:

  • Explore and employ new technologies to improve treatments for heart and vascular diseases.
  • Delve into basic science questions to find out why people develop certain types of cardiovascular disease in the first place.
  • Try to understand the genetics of heart disease, which may help us develop therapies to limit the severity — or even prevent — the disease.

In 2013, the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute and the University of Pittsburgh Vascular Medicine Institute announced the creation of the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, Blood, and Vascular Medicine Institute, which aims to carry out cutting-edge basic and translational research in the heart, lung, and blood systems.


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Julie Feitner. 

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Featured Trials and Research

  • Our Valve Center is one of only a few sites in the United States conducting a CoreValve ® TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) clinical trial.
  • Learn more about the Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Network, a network of physicians and nurses across the United States and Canada dedicated to both clinical care and investigation of peripartum cardiomyopathy.

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Cardiovascular Research, Clinical Trials, and Training

UPMC has long been a leader in cardiovascular care, with a rich history in clinical research and innovation.

At the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, our patients benefit from having access to some of the most current and promising procedures and medications.

Our clinicians, surgeons, and physicians conduct ongoing cardiovascular research studies to:

  • Explore and employ new technologies to improve treatments for heart and vascular diseases.
  • Delve into basic science questions to find out why people develop certain types of cardiovascular disease in the first place.
  • Try to understand the genetics of heart disease, which may help us develop therapies to limit the severity — or even prevent — the disease.

Our physician researchers, surgeons, and clinicans conduct:

The Benefits of Clinical Trials

Clinical research studies, or clinical trials, are crucial to the advancement of medical knowledge about heart and vascular diseases.

Through cardiovascular clinical trials, we:

  • Learn how a new medicine or treatment works in people.
  • Find out what works and what doesn’t work.
  • Discover new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating heart and vascular diseases and conditions.

Read how participation in a clinical trial is helping one of our patients.

Training Future Heart and Vascular Experts

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools in the United States.

Our heart and vascular experts take pride in educating and training the cardiovascular doctors and surgeons of the future.

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