PMG Research enrolls clinical trials throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee for a number of lipid and cardiovascular risk indications. Some of these indications include high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia), high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), hyperlipidemia (too much of any type of fat in the blood), heart failure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes with cardiovascular risk factors, and many others. Contact us today to see if one of our studies would be a good fit for you.
What are Lipids?
The term “lipid” is essentially another word for fat. In reference to your health, lipids most commonly refer to your triglyceride or cholesterol concentrations in your blood. If your doctor says you have hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia, or hypercholesterolemia, this means you have too much of a particular type of fat in the blood. Dyslipidemia is another term you may hear, which refers to either too much or too little fat in the blood. Abnormal lipid levels may lead to dangerous complications and it is important to monitor these levels.
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What are Triglycerides?
Triglycerides, like cholesterol, is a type of fat in the blood. After eating, your body converts unused calories into triglycerides which are stored in your body’s fat cells. The body naturally removes triglycerides to use as an energy source between meals, but if your body doesn’t need the extra energy, this fat can accumulate in your blood. Certain lifestyle changes may help lower your triglycerides, but sometimes the cause is hereditary. For some, lifestyle changes or medication may prove ineffective and your doctor may suggest alternative treatment options, such as participating in a clinical research study.
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Why should I participate in a research study for my high cholesterol or triglyceride levels?
Choosing to participate in a research study is an important and very personal decision. There are many benefits to participating in a clinical trial, including the ability to gain access to quality medical care and medications not available through other means at reduced or no cost. Additionally, you can contribute to the advancement and development of new treatment options while also learning more about your own health. We have a number of resources available that may help guide your decision, listed below, or you can call the location nearest you to speak with a study coordinator and determine if a research study is right for you.
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Factors that may put you at risk for heart disease include:
- Age: Men over the age of 50 and women over the age of 55 are at greater risk of heart disease
- Smoking: Smokers have more than twice the risk of having a heart attack than non-smokers and are also more likely to die of a heart attack.
- High Cholesterol: Your risk for heart disease increases as your total cholesterol increases above 200, your HDL (good cholesterol) falls below 40 and/or your LDL (bad cholesterol) goes over 160. High triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood) can also increase your risk for heart disease.
- High Blood Pressure: Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the most common risk for heart disease. Hypertension is defined as systolic blood pressure (the "top" number) over 150 and/or diastolic blood pressure (the "bottom" number) over 90.
- Diabetes: Poorly controlled diabetes can damage the heart and therefore increase your risk for heart disease.
- Sedentary Lifestyle: People who don't exercise have higher rates of heart disease than those who have moderate activity levels.
- High Fat Diet: Diets high in saturated (animal) fats contribute to heart disease, whereas a heart-healthy diet including lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk for heart disease.
- Obesity: Being overweight can also contribute to your risk for heart disease. Excess weight makes the heart work harder and can worsen other risk factors like diabetes. Losing weight can reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Stress: Significant stress and anger can lead to heart attack and strokes. Managing stress is critical for reducing risk for heart disease.
- Family History: If you have a family history of heart disease, you could be at greater risk of developing the disease as well.
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Or you can contact us if you have any of these cardiovascular risk factors and we can work to find a clinical trial that's right for you.