Clinical Trial Research on Heart Disease


BEFORE, I WAS LIVING WITH THE
IDEA THAT ANY TIME I CAN DIE. FEAR — CONSTANTLY. THE TRIAL WAS AN OPEN DOOR
OF POSSIBILITIES. THERE IS LIFE OUT THERE,
AND I HAVE TOO MUCH TO DO. Aglae: SHE TALKED TO HER DOCTOR
AND SAID, “IS THERE A WAY I CAN DO
SOMETHING FOR MY HEART?” THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING. Milena: I HAVE READ ABOUT A TRIAL FROM THE NIH, AND I THINK
THAT´S A HOPE FOR ME. Aglae: SHE CALLED ME
IMMEDIATELY, AND I TOLD HER, “MOM, YOU ARE GOING
TO MAKE HISTORY.” HOLA! HI, DR. HORVATH. GOOD TO SEE YOU.
GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. HOW ARE YOU DOING? CLINICAL TRIALS
ARE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
BECAUSE IN MANY WAYS, DESPITE ALL OF OUR EFFORTS TO TRY TO PROVE DIFFERENT
HYPOTHESES IN A LABORATORY, WE CAN´T ALWAYS KNOW
EXACTLY WHAT´S GOING TO HAPPEN UNTIL WE ACTUALLY
TREAT PATIENTS, BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM, WE CAN´T
MOVE MEDICAL SCIENCE FORWARD. I WAS THINKING,
“HOW MUCH LONGER CAN I WAIT?” THIS OPPORTUNITY WAS AMAZING. AFTER SURGERY,
I STARTED FEELING A DIFFERENCE. AND I COULDN´T BELIEVE IT. AND IT´S LIKE, “REALLY?
IS THIS HAPPENING?” Dr. Horvath:
OH, THAT SOUNDS GREAT! YEAH, IT SOUNDS PERFECT.
NO PROBLEMS. IT´S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE
THAT ENROLL IN CLINICAL TRIALS COME FROM A NUMBER
OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS BECAUSE THAT´S THE ONLY WAY
TO THEN TRANSLATE THOSE RESULTS TO THE BROADER POPULATION. IT´S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WOMEN
ENROLL IN CLINICAL TRIALS, SO THAT WE KNOW THAT WHAT WE ARE
PROPOSING AS A TREATMENT IS GOING TO BE APPLICABLE
TO THEM. FREQUENTLY, THEY DON´T ENROLL
FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL
THAT THEY CONSIDER ENROLLING IN ANY OF THE STUDIES THAT
THEY WOULD BE CANDIDATES FOR. Milena: I WOULD TELL
ALL THE WOMEN OUT THERE, “PLEASE DON´T BE AFRAID BECAUSE THIS IS
A BEAUTIFUL OPPORTUNITY.” WE ARE VERY PROUD OF MY MOM AND VERY PROUD THAT WE ARE GOING
TO BE ABLE TO HELP OTHER WOMEN. Milena: I HAVE LEARNED
TO ENJOY LIFE MORE, SMILE MORE, LAUGH MORE, AND ALWAYS BE HOPEFUL. AND I´M HERE,
AND I CAN´T BELIEVE IT.

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