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Heart Disease Clinical Research
As for clinical research, our investigators in cardiac surgery are currently conducting FDA-approved trials of new surgical procedures and contributing to the development and application of new, advanced surgical devices. In particular, our surgeons have made significant contributions towards the development of minimally invasive approaches, off-pump procedures, treatment of atrial fibrillation and major advances in mitral valve repair technology.
Also noteworthy is the Department's ever-expanding research database in areas of mitral valve repair and minimally invasive valve surgery, which we have amassed by following every one of our patients for life. From this unique store of data, we are constantly learning betters ways to tailor surgery to the individual patient, a process called risk stratification, which greatly reduces complications and improves outcomes.