The ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities) Study: JACC Focus Seminar 3/8

Jacqueline D. Wright, Aaron R. Folsom, Josef Coresh, A. Richey Sharrett, David Couper, Lynne E. Wagenknecht, Thomas H. Mosley, Christie M. Ballantyne, Eric A. Boerwinkle, Wayne D. Rosamond, Gerardo Heiss

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ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities) initiated community-based surveillance in 1987 for myocardial infarction and coronary heart disease (CHD) incidence and mortality and created a prospective cohort of 15,792 Black and White adults ages 45 to 64 years. The primary aims were to improve understanding of the decline in CHD mortality and identify determinants of subclinical atherosclerosis and CHD in Black and White middle-age adults. ARIC has examined areas including health disparities, genomics, heart failure, and prevention, producing more than 2,300 publications. Results have had strong clinical impact and demonstrate the importance of population-based research in the spectrum of biomedical research to improve health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2939-2959
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 15 2021

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  • adult
  • cohort study
  • epidemiology
  • health disparity
  • risk factors
  • surveillance


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