Should you join a research study?

Like legions of earlier volunteers, you could contribute to the quest to improve care for people with heart disease.

Published: August, 2016

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Imagine getting a letter from a physician based at a nearby academic medical center, telling you about research under way at the institution. It says you might be eligible to participate in a clinical trial designed to test a new blood pressure drug. Or maybe it's a study on the exercise habits of people ages 65 and older.

You're curious, so you check the box indicating that you're interested in learning more and mail it back.

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