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May 26, 2014
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VVH creates and launches the Cardiovascular Innovation and Research Institute

Valley View Hospital is now in a position to conduct full clinical trials for heart research with the creation of the Cardiovascular Innovation & Research Institute (CIRI), which launched today, under the hospital’s industry-leading Heart and Vascular Center.

Clinical trials are usually reserved for far larger “tertiary” hospitals located near research universities, according to CIRI founder Dr. Frank Laws. Valley View’s cardiovascular team, Drs. Laws, Howell and Rubinstein, have helped the hospital become one of the few in the country to offer an extraordinarily high level of cardiac care. And now the new CIRI offers research facilities and the equipment to rival that of much larger hospitals.

With dedicated clinical examination rooms, pharmacy and a lab, Valley View has already kicked off its first trial using robotic angioplasty. In addition to robotic angioplasties, Valley View will be working with University of Colorado physicians to offer clinical electrophysiology. In that procedure, multiple catheters are inserted into the heart to measure electrical signals.

Other planned trials will focus on heart conditions for people living at high altitude, and other noted cardiologists will be joining the team for these pioneering studies. Patients living at high altitude with atrial fibrillation, sleep apnea and pulmonary hypertension are the subjects for future research. “We have a population that is predominately healthy and athletic, and as such we need to focus on medical conditions that are more present in this community,” said Laws.

The Valley View cardiovascular team is now working with the most sophisticated equipment available in the field — including a new cardiac catheterization laboratory with diagnostic imaging equipment, which is used to detect and intervene in heart issues, treat any problems found, and perform procedures that include angioplasty, PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) angiography, and electrophysiology study with catheter ablation. Patients who live in the Roaring Fork Valley will no longer need to travel to Denver or Salt Lake City for advanced high quality treatment — whether for prevention or problems.

To learn about expanded care options through access to promising treatments and technology, visit or to speak with one of our health care professionals in the center, call 970-384-7290.

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