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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Participates in Nationwide Clinical Trial for Heart Failure

Posted Date: December 10, 2018

GULFPORT, Miss.—Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is participating in a nationwide clinical trial for patients receiving treatment for heart failure. CONNECT-HF, sponsored by the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), has 160 sites in the U.S. Memorial is the first and only hospital in Mississippi to be selected to participate in this clinical trial.

Participants are heart failure patients who have been recently hospitalized. The research team at the DCRI will follow-up with participants after discharge from the hospital at six-weeks, three-months, six-months, and one-year to gather data and learn more about heart failure, improve care, and to provide better support for patients in the future. Trial participants receive tips, ideas, and resources to help manage heart failure while under the care of their physicians.

“We are honored to participate in this nationwide clinical trial,” said Kent G. Nicaud, President/CEO, Memorial Hospital. “It is a credit to our team of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and case managers that Memorial was selected.”

Dr. Paul Mullen, Memorial Cardiologist, specializing in Invasive and Interventional Cardiology, will serve as the Principal Investigator, responsible for all clinical research activities at Memorial. To date, 24 patients at Memorial have enrolled. The nationwide enrollment for the trial is 7,040 patients.

An estimated 5.7 million adults in the United States have heart failure and face limitations in their everyday lives. Many symptoms can be managed with the proper medications, treatment plan, and prevention measures. Because many patients with heart failure can see great improvement in their health through an effective care plan, the researchers working on CONNECT-HF want to learn more about improving the quality of care related to heart failure.

Memorial Hospital was recently recognized as High Performing in Heart Failure for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. This report is designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

To learn more about CONNECT-HF, visit www.connectheartfailure.org or call (228) 575-2480.