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Published on September 29, 2014

Tyler Heart Institute leading clinical trial to reduce heart attacks


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Drs. Richard Gray and Pir Shah, physicians at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Tyler Heart Institute (THI) are pleased to announce a new clinical trial available for heart attack patients. THI is leading the way with the trial, designed to reduce the risk of future heart attacks in patients who have experienced a heart attack. Since opening in 2007, THI’s goal is to participate in advanced clinical trials as an option for patients with heart conditions.

THI has been selected to participate by the TIMI Study Group, known for high-quality clinical trials that enhance the care of patients with heart disease. TIMI (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction) is affiliated with Brigham Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

The clinical trial will focus on providing a new oral medication for patients who had a heart attack and been hospitalized. The medication aims to lessen inflammation that occurs during a heart attack, thus reducing the chances of a second heart attack. Patients in the trial will be randomly selected to receive either the new medication or a placebo for three months. Patients will follow their normal treatment and medications prescribed by their doctor. After being discharged from the hospital, patients will have three follow-up visits over six months to track their progress and responses to the study medication. “We are very excited to be able to offer our patients additional options and resources to reduce their risk of future heart attacks,” says Gray, medical director of THI. “It is an honor and privilege to be chosen to participate in this study, and we look forward to staying at the forefront of cardiac medicine.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 720,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. Of those, 205,000 happen in people who already had a heart attack. “Prevention is the obvious choice in addressing heart disease and the focus of our practice,” says Gray.  

It’s important to understand the signs of a heart attack:

  • Chest tightness or discomfort — squeezing or pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Upper body discomfort in arms, shoulder, neck, back
  • Dizziness, sweating, lightheadedness, nausea

The American Heart Association cautions that symptoms for heart attacks in women can also include nausea and back or jaw pain.

Community Hospital patients will receive information about the clinical trial during their hospital stay. To learn more about the trial, visit or call 1 (888) 45CHOMP extension 1671.





Tyler Heart Institute encompasses the full range of cardiac services — heart disease prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and rehabilitation.  Established in 2007, Tyler Heart Institute has a highly experienced and committed team of doctors, nurses, and staff, as well as state-of-the-art equipment.



Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at

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