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Creating a World Without Heart and Vascular Disease

Since 1982, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) has focused on creating a world without heart and vascular disease. Cardiologists from Minneapolis Heart Institute® (MHI®) believed so deeply in understanding, preventing and treating cardiovascular disease that they established MHIF to pursue research that could positively impact outcomes. Today, MHIF researchers continue to champion groundbreaking efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education. MHIF invites you to join the cause today!

Discovering and Disseminating Breakthrough Ideas 

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s® (MHIF) unique organizational structure makes breakthrough research possible. MHIF was established by physicians at the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital to create a “research laboratory” for innovation. These world-renowned cardiovascular experts team with MHIF research professionals of the highest caliber to define and investigate new drugs, devices and therapies designed to improve quality of life for those with cardiovascular disease. New findings are shared broadly with medical professionals across the country to change outcomes.  Each year, we conduct more than 175 studies, publish more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and give more than 150 presentations. In fact, more than 10,000 hours of education are offered each year to sculpt the future of heart and vascular disease prevention and treatment.

Game-changing Cardiovascular Contributions

Examples of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s® (MHIF) game-changing work include:

  • Level One – MHIF, in partnership with Minneapolis Heart Institute®, designed and researched a program that affords people who are having a heart attack within a 200 mile radius of a large metro area the same access to life-saving care as those living a few blocks away. Level One has since been replicated nationwide.
  • Cool It – MHIF, in partnership with Minneapolis Heart Institute®, pioneered a therapeutic hypothermia protocol that helps reduce the risk of neurological damage in sudden cardiac arrest patients. Cool It is now recognized nationally.
  • Hearts Beat Back®: The Heart of New Ulm Project – MHIF designed and implemented evidence-based programs in an entire community that has reduced heart attacks by an estimated 24%.
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) – MHIF has worked to research and develop treatments for HCM through more than 800 studies. For a condition that was once a death sentence, our research now allows HCM patients to enjoy a normal life expectancy.