Information about the CARDIA Study

The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study is a longitudinal study of the antecedents and risk factors for cardiovascular disease in a cohort of 5115 black and white men and women aged 18-30 years at their initial examination in 1985-1986. The sample was recruited to achieve approximately balanced subgroups of race, gender, education (high school or less and more than high school) and age (18-24 and 25-30) in Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; and Oakland, CA. A second examination (Year 2; 1987-1988), a third examination (Year 5; 1990-1991), a fourth examination (Year 7; 1992-1993), a fifth examination (Year 10; 1995-1996), a sixth examination (Year 15; 2000-2001), a seventh examination (Year 20; 2005-2006), an eighth examination (Year 25, 2010-2011), and a ninth examination (Year30; 2015-2016) have been completed in the cohort. Data have been collected on a variety of risk factors including the traditional cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, blood pressure and cholesterol), dietary and exercise patterns, behavioural and psychological variables, medical and family history and illicit drug use. A detailed description of the study and results from the first examination are summarized in Cutter et al (Controlled Clinical Trials, Volume 12, Number 1 [supplement], pages 1S-77S, 1991).



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