The MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network (MCRN), based at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, is responsible for coordinating and performing cardiovascular research within the MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), the research arm of MedStar Health.
MCRN is comprised of basic scientists and senior cardiovascular investigators, cardiovascular physicians, research nurses, technicians, support staff, and others who are dedicated to state-of-the-art research in cardiovascular care. The Network draws on MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute’s enormous patient experience, which includes more than 18,000 catheterizations, 5,000 percutaneous interventional procedures, and 1,800 open-heart procedures per year.
MCRN’s clinical research activities offer patients an opportunity to become involved with a number of clinical trials, and include:
Drug Eluting Stent Registries
Carotid Stent Trials (for treating patients with stroke or at risk of stroke)
Devices to more effectively treat peripheral vascular disease