A study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study is a study examining the development and determinants of clinical and subclinical cardiovascular disease and their risk factors.  It began in 1985-6 with a group of 5115 black and white men and women aged 18-30 years.  The participants were selected so that there would be approximately the same number of people in subgroups of race, gender, education (high school or less and more than high school) and age (18-24 and 25-30) in each of 4 centers: Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; and Oakland, CA. More >

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News and Findings



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Are you interested in analyzing CARDIA data? Working with CARDIA investigators?

CARDIA has hundreds of investigators, many active working groups, and more than 80 current and completed ancillary projects. We offer a wealth of information on  this site: description of core and ancillary studies, exam components and materials, available resources, major study results and outcomes, and publications and presentations.




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