Heart Attack & Intervention

Working on sponsored clinical trials allows us to make revolutionary changes to how people are treated immediately after they suffer a heart attack. Partnerships with other organizations that share our patient-centered focus help us treat you better.

Innovations in Heart Attack & Interventions

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation conducts Interventional and Heart Attack research that has resulted in improvements for patients across the world. The standard of care for heart attack patients has forever changed thanks to research. 

Examples include: 

  • Research on all of the FDA-approved Stents that are now available within our hospital.
  • Intra Coronary Devices such as IVUS and OCT that project images from inside the heart vessel
  • Vascular closure devices that are utilized for the majority of the femoral procedures

These practices are evidence-based medicine that's making life-changing differences in the care of patients. 

Heart Attack

Level One

One historical innovation led by Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation was the Level One program that changed the standard of care to ensure that patients in rural areas without a cardiologist on duty have the opportunity to receive the latest in cardiovascular care.

When a heart attack occurs, speed to care can be a vital difference. Level One helped rural patients quickly get to areas where cardiologists and care providers could give them important care. 

What Our Research Includes

Stents and the associated medications with the use of stents

Atherectomy devices that break up calcified blockages within the heart

Intracoronary balloon trials that help expand, treat and prepare the vessel for stent placement

Drug trials for emergent heart attack patients to help improve outcomes

Intracoronary imaging devices that provide images from inside the heart

Dye-sparing devices to help decrease risks to the kidneys during procedures

Chronic Total Occlusion, Bifurcation, and other complex coronary intervention trials

Vascular closure devices used at the end of the procedure to decrease recovery time

Large registry trials that provide vast patient outcomes data that help improve the care of our patients


Make a Life-Changing Donation

Fund continued innovation in the treatment of heart attack patients. All gifts lead to transformative research that saves lives.