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Research Study Opportunities Available!

Do you have an aortic aneurysm or have you had an aortic dissection? Do you want to be active but are uncertain about what types of exercise are safe? Are you confused by exercise restrictions?

If you answered yes to these questions, we invite you to participate in a new study at the University of Texas at Houston (UTHealth) led by Dr. Siddharth Prakash, a cardiologist at McGovern Medical School.

· Dr. Prakash and his study team will measure your blood pressure during routine activities and while you perform different types of exercise.

· We will also measure the size and stiffness of your aorta using a new ultrasound test that may help us to provide more individual care to patients with aneurysms and dissections.

· These tests are free, do not involve needles or drugs, and will take only 2-3 hours of your time, but you will have to travel to our clinic at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

· At the end, we will meet with you to explain how your results can help you to stay safe and increase your overall cardiovascular health while you exercise.

For more information, please contact our study team at 713-500-6724 and ask about the “UTHealth Blood Pressure Study.”

We are pleased to support the University of Texas, Health Science Center of Houston and the McGovern Medical School:


RESEARCH STUDY VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED

WOMEN: DO YOU HAVE, OR HAVE YOU HAD, ONE OF THE FOLLOWING HEART OR BLOOD VESSEL PROBLEMS?
AORTIC ANEURYSM
AORTIC DISSECTION
HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT SURGERY
MARFAN SYNDROME, LOEYS-DIETZ SYNDROME, OR ANOTHER CONDITION THAT CAN CAUSE AORTIC ANEURYSMS OR DISSECTIONS


If you have one of these conditions and are currently pregnant, or have been pregnant any time after December 2017, you may be eligible to participate in a new research study at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The Registry on Pregnancy and Cardiac disease (ROPAC) was designed to collect information about specific diseases of the heart and blood vessels that occur during pregnancy.
Enrollment takes only 30 minutes, and your contribution may help women with these potentially fatal conditions. For more information, call the ROPAC study team at 713-500-6704.

ROPAC Study Team
Principal Investigators: Siddharth Prakash, MD, PhD, and Rana Afifi, MD
Study Coordinator: Jacqueline Jennings
IRB Number: HSC-MS-18-1006
IRB Approval Date: 12/13/2018

The John Ritter Research Program for Aortic and Vascular Health

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL JANUARY 2020

❤️ We are so excited to announce that we are helping the John Ritter Research Program for Aortic and Vascular Health at UTHealth in Houston with their research endeavors...and YOU CAN TOO!

❤️ Please consider participating in this research study to help find alterations in genes (genes are responsible for providing instruction to the body on how it should grow and develop) that trigger aortic dissections so this information can be used in the future to identify individuals at risk.

❤️ This study is for anyone who has had an aortic dissection, especially those with dissections at less than 56 years of age. Anyone who has a thoracic aneurysm or an aortic dissection and also has other family members who have these aortic diseases. *PRETTY MUCH ALL OF YOU READING THIS RIGHT NOW 😊

❤️ Participation requires the following:
- Talk to a member of the John Ritter Research Program so that you can understand the research
- Sign an informed consent and medical record release so that JRRP can confirm you have thoracic aortic disease
- Provide a family history at the time of enrollment
- Provide a sample of your saliva (spit) for DNA

💗 If you would like to learn more about the study or how to participate, please contact Ellen Hostetler at the John Ritter Research Program by phone at 713-500-6843 or by email at ellen.m.hostetler@uth.tmc.edu.

Please note that you do not need to travel, or even leave your home to participate!