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

Arley Larson: Heart Failure

Arley Larson: Heart Failure

Arley Larson is not the type of person to give up easily. So when he was offered the opportunity to participate in a clinical research trial at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation for a new device to treat his worsening heart failure, he naturally didn’t hesitate at all.

Jeff Fraser: Coronary Artery Disease

Jeff Fraser: Coronary Artery Disease

Jeff Fraser, 61, has experienced multiple heart events over the past several years, including placing stents to prevent blockages. Most recently, Jeff started experiencing frequent and debilitating chest pain, which eventually led him to discovering he was eligible for a new research trial.

Ashley Walter: Congenital Heart Defect

Ashley Walter: Congenital Heart Defect

Ashley was 16-years-old when she had trouble catching her breath and struggled to make it up the stairs. Knowing something was wrong, her mother quickly drove to the ER to discover Ashley had a congenital heart condition that would affect her for the rest of her life.

Join Us at Upcoming Events

For the Heart of MN: A Cardiovascular Nursing Conference

For the Heart of MN: A Cardiovascular Nursing Conference

Join us for a cardiovascular nursing education event! This conference is a unique opportunity for nurses living in rural areas to further their knowledge in cardiovascular disease, including best practices and patient-care models to influence the heart health of patients.

SCAD Community Webinar Series

SCAD Community Webinar Series

MHIF invites you to join a community of SCAD survivors during this unique webinar series! You’ll hear from patients and physicians as we share experiences and perspective, including managing stress and overall wellness.

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