Celebrating 40-Years of World-Class Heart Research and Education

Creating a world without heart and vascular disease

We are the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF).

For 40 years, we’ve been a world-class cardiovascular research and education organization committed to making the impossible possible for our patients.

Patients are at the heart of our mission. We provide:

•Hope for patients, improving their well-being and life expectancy

•Hope for their children, siblings, parents and families

•Hope for new treatment options

•Hope for a world without heart and vascular disease

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Explore Our Centers


Center for Coronary Artery Disease

Valve Science Center

Penny Anderson Women’s Cardiovascular Center

Nolan Family Center for Cardiovascular Health

MHIF Physician-Initiated Research

Global Outreach

Benefits of Participating in Research

Every year, exciting breakthroughs and new discoveries stem from our research. These important findings advance medical knowledge, improving the health and lives of millions of people worldwide.


Be More Active

Take a more active role in your own health care.

Potential to Unlock More Options

You may gain access to investigational treatments and medications.

Make a Contribution

Help find new and better ways to treat people with your condition.

Find Clinical Research Trials


Our clinical research studies test new drugs, devices and medical procedures to improve care for future generations. View current research studies and see if you qualify to participate.

Read Our Latest News

Sharon Ruttger: Mitral Valve Replacement

Sharon Ruttger: Mitral Valve Replacement

Sharon Ruttger, 79, had a history of heart murmurs and atrial fibrillation, for which she had been taking medication and also undergone cardioversion procedures to “shock” her heart back into rhythm. While she occasionally felt fatigued, she was still able to go about her normal activities, but she eventually began feeling more tired than usual.

Barbara Howell: Aortic Valve Replacement

Barbara Howell: Aortic Valve Replacement

At age 88, Barbara Howell was initially a little indecisive about getting her aortic valve replaced. She’d had a heart murmur for several years and knew that a series of echocardiograms over the period of a year showed the condition of her aortic valve was worsening, but she didn’t have significant symptoms and was otherwise in good health.

Join Us at Upcoming Events

At the Heart of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

At the Heart of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Join us for our At the Heart of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention event on May 5, 2022. This conference will educate physicians, advanced care providers and support staff on current guidelines and opinion on the identification and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Healthy Heart Valves – Living Life to the Fullest

Healthy Heart Valves – Living Life to the Fullest

Please join us for a free education event: Healthy Heart Valves on February 19th. Although heart valve disease affects as many as 11 million Americans, many people have never heard of it. Heart valve disease is estimated to affect 1 in 10 people ages 75+, and age is the greatest risk factor.

2021 Virtual Riebe Run

2021 Virtual Riebe Run

Participate in your own 5k run/walk, in honor of Greg Riebe, to benefit MHIF and help change how cardiovascular disease is prevented, identified and treated.

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