The International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation is firmly devoted to the development of new medical technology, improvements in patient care, and technological innovations in the field of heart and valve research. The following are just a few examples of research innovations that we have explored:

Heart Failure Research

  • In Vivo Evaluation of a Novel Percutaneous Device to Treat Heart Failure
  • A Comparison of Nitric Oxide and cGMP Production following L-Arginine Infusion in Healthy and Hypertensive Patient

Aortic Research

  • Aortic Root Functional Anatomy
  • A Study of the Junction between Glutaraldehyde-treated Allogeneic Aorta and the Native Aorta
  • Test of “Bioglue” for its Efficacy in Aortic Dissection

Mitral Valve Research

  • In Vivo Evaluation of Bioprosthetic Mitral Valves in the Juvenile Sheep Model
  • Sonomicrometry Study of the Acute and Chronic Changes of the Left Ventricular and Mitral Valve Geometry after Transaction of the Anterior Mitral Leaflet Basal ┬┤Stay┬┤ Chords
  • Mitral Valve Chord Replacement in Universal Mitral Prolapse

Pericardial Tissue Research

  • Effects of Serum on Vital Pericardium in Tissue Culture
  • Liquid Analysis of Ethanol Extracts of Fresh Sheep Pericaridal Tissue

Graft Research

  • Small-bore Vascular Graft Testing in Rabbits
  • Current graft research