Meet our Qualified Research Team
Atlanta Heart Specialists is recognized nationally and internationally as a
leading clinical trials research site. Led by Dr. Narendra Singh, who brings
20 years of experience to the AHS research team, the group is able to offer
patients in the Forsyth region access to some of the world most important
Life- saving therapies such as pacemakers, stents, ICDs, beta blockers, ACE
inhibitores, statins, and antiplatelet agents have led the way in the fight
against heart disease. While we take advantage these therapies, many of
which are now available for pennies a day, they would not have been possible
without clinical trials.
Our research team consists of 7 physician sub-investigators (Dr Chandra,
Song, Yan, Suh, Dorsey, Ramamurthy, Ahmed), 5 highly trained research nurse
coordinators (Deb, Kati, Holly, Erin, Melinda) and our administrative
assistant (Gulnara). AHS Research works closely with some of the world's
leading research centers such as TIMI (Harvard University), DCRI (Duke
University), PHRI (McMaster University) and CTU (Oxford University).
What is a clinical trial?
A "clinical trial" is a research study to answer specific questions about
investigational treatments, or new ways of using known treatments. It is a test to see if the investigational treatment is safe and effective.
Doctors run the tests according to strict rules set by the Food and Drug
All our studies are approved and overseen by an Institutional Review Board
Clinical trials are designed to test a hypothesis often comparing a new drug
or device to the current standard of care. AHS Research participates only in
phase 3 and 4 studies which means that the new agent has already been tested
in smaller trials and shown to be of some benefit. As a result any risks to
our patient's are less. In general, individuals who participate in clinical
trials do better than those outside of a trial, regardless of which arm they
are randomized to, in part because of the added attention and supervision
given to all research patients.
Why should I participate?
You can try an investigational treatment before it is widely available.
You can help in the development of medical treatments that may help others.
You may benefit from an alternative course of treatment that you or your
physician might not otherwise have known about.
You can play a more active role in your own health care.
You can obtain expert medical care during the trial.
You will be seen more often and this may help identify any health concerns
You will not be required to pay for any investigational treatments or visits
that are outside of standard care.
Participation in clinical trials is FREE if you meet certain eligibility
criteria. We are provide a transportation stipend.
Currently our clinical trials are looking at new therapies designed to
reduce heart disease by raising good cholesterol (HDL), lowering
triglycerides, managing diabetes, relieving angina, identifying ischemia
(blockages) and thinning the blood.
What are the risks of clinical trials?
Many studies require the use of a placebo (an inactive substance that has no
treatment value). Using a placebo means some volunteers may be getting
standard treatment only.
Some investigational treatments may have side effects that can be
unpleasant, serious or even life-threatening. The risks should be fully
explained to you before any trial procedures are performed. The investigational treatment may not be effective for you.
The trial may require more of your time and attention than would a standard
treatment In each of our studies, your safety and health is always our top
priority. Our research nurses and physicians are available to you through a
dedicated line at all times. If you are interested in participating in a
clinical trial and would like to know more pleased visit us at
www.ahsmed.com or call 678-679-1065.
If this is an emergency,
please call 911 immediately !
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