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Cardiovascular Health Study

Paulo Chaves, PhD, Principal Investigator, Cardiovascular Health Study;
Pat Crowley, Study Coodinator

Initiated in 1989, this population-based longitudinal cohort study is designed to determine the importance of conventional cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in older adults, to identify new risk factors in this age group and to define outcomes of CVD.

A total of 5,888 men and women from four communities—Forsyth County, North Carolina; Sacramento County, California; Washington County, Maryland; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—were enrolled in the study from 1989 to 1990 and have been followed to date.

Please visit the following links for further details:

Long-term function in an older cohort--the cardiovascular health study all stars study.
Newman AB, Arnold AM, Sachs MC, Ives DG, Cushman M, Strotmeyer ES, Ding J, Kritchevsky SB, Chaves PH, Fried LP, Robbins J.  J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Mar;57(3):432-40. Epub 2009 Jan 29.

Subclinical cardiovascular disease in older adults: insights from the Cardiovascular Health Study.
Chaves PH, Kuller LH, O'Leary DH, Manolio TA, Newman AB; Cardiovascular Health Study.  Am J Geriatr Cardiol. 2004 May-Jun;13(3):137-51. Review. 

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