The OPTIMIST Program

Providing Hope for those with Chronic Heart Issues

For most people with heart or vascular disease, standard treatments like lifestyle changes, medicines and surgery help with their heart problems.  But for others, these methods don’t work. Many of these people may feel that there are no options and that there is no hope. The OPTIMIST Program at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® is designed for people who have chronic (long-lasting) chest pain, chest discomfort or shortness of breath caused by heart-related problems. OPTIMIST stands for OPTions In Myocardial Ischemic Syndrome Therapy, a fitting name for a program that centers its research around improving patients’ well-being and quality of life. This program provides a variety of novel treatment options for people with heart disease who are not helped by standard treatments.  The goal is to offer people the opportunity to live a healthier, more satisfying life.

Research Leads the Way to New Options

Minneapolis Heart Institute®, with support from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and other leaders in health care, develops new approaches for treating heart disease.  Through the OPTIMIST Program, patients are able to try new treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and participate in research studies. These options may lead to improved care and a healthier life. Having a condition that changes the way you live and think about the future can be challenging and scary at times.  OPTIMIST Program doctors and staff, nationally known for their expertise and experience, understand this and are dedicated to working with you to find the best solution.