Why Research

Learn about MHIF’s research capabilities and why participation in research studies is critical to the improvement of patient care and outcomes


With 35 years of experience and the expertise of key thought leaders and physicians, MHIF enrolls nearly 1,000 research participants every year. Our highly educated and experienced staff uses the momentum of achievement and an overarching dedication to patient care to propel our work forward.

MHIF has conducted hundreds of studies and clinical trials covering a wide spectrum of disease prevention and cardiovascular care. Our work is made possible through key partnerships including the busy practice at Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, institutional review boards, and our access to a complex set of data via national registries and databases.



We welcome patients, friends, family, caregivers and medical professionals to get involved in our research and benefit the health of our community and world.

Benefits of Participating in Research

By volunteering to participate in a research study, you are taking a more active role in your own health care and may gain early access to new treatments and medications.

By participating in a study, you are making a significant contribution to finding new and better ways to diagnose and treat you and people with your condition. Clinical research is crucial to the advancement of medical treatment and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Benefits vary by research study.

Every year, exciting breakthroughs and new discoveries stem from research conducted at MHIF. These important findings advance medical knowledge, improving the health and lives of millions of people worldwide. Clinical research studies test new drugs, devices, and medical treatments to see if and how they work. We rely on—and are grateful for—the participation of cardiovascular patients to help us advance the field of cardiology and save lives. Contact us to see how you can be a part of this!

What Makes MHIF Unique?

MHIF is co-located with the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, which gives our research staff unparalleled access to a world-class facility and its practitioners, as well as a large and diverse patient population. As an independent organization not affiliated with a university or major health system, MHIF is able to act with agility throughout the entire research process, from startup to enrollment to analysis.

Our research covers the spectrum of cardiovascular disease, and studies include both industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated research. This has resulted in game-changing innovations and initiatives that have changed the way cardiovascular disease is prevented, diagnosed and treated.

Research is essential to all aspects of cardiovascular care, from population health and prevention, to equities in diagnosis and treatment among races, genders and ages, to research itself. Without the tracks that have been laid by predecessors and peers, MHIF could not make the groundbreaking advances that we are making today.

If you have questions or would like more information about participating in research at MHIF,

contact us at research@mhif.org or 612-863-3980.