Lifestyle and Chronic Disease in College Alumni (Harvard Alumni Health Study)

This study has been completed.
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: May 25, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: October 2002

To monitor the relationship of lifestyle variables, particularly exercise, to cardiovascular mortality, all-cause mortality, projected longevity and aging, and cardiovascular morbidity in a large cohort of college graduates. To assess changing patterns of exercise, cigarette smoking, body weight, and blood pressure between the 1960s and 1990s for relationship to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Coronary Disease
Cerebrovascular Accident

Study Type: Observational

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Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Study Start Date: September 1984
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2000
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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

No eligibility criteria

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005169

Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigator: Ralph Paffenbarger Stanford University
  More Information

Paffenbarger RS Jr: Exercise in the Primary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease. In: Heart Disease and Rehabilitation, M Pollock (Ed). New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Ed., 1986.
Paffenbarger RS Jr, Hyde RT, Jung DL, Wing AL: Epidemiology of Exercise and Coronary Heart Disease. In: Symposium on Cardiac Rehabilitation, B Franklin (Ed). Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders. Clinics in Sports Medicine 3:297-318, 1984
Paffenbarger RS Jr: Physical Activity as a Defense Against Coronary Heart Disease. In: Coronary Heart Disease, WE Connor and JD Bristow (Eds). Philadelphia: JB Lippincott Company, 1985
Paffenbarger RS Jr, Hyde RT: Exercise in the Primary Prevention of Ischemic Heart Disease. In: Current Therapy in Sports Medicine 1985-1986, RP Welsh and RJ Shephard (Eds.), St. Louis: CV Mosby Company, 1985
Spaulding RB (Ed), Paffenbarger RS Jr, Cooper KH, Fielding JE: Dialogue III - Health Promotion/Disease Prevention. Harvard Public Health Alumni Bulletin, p. 4-40, Spring 1985
Curfman GD, Thomas GS, Paffenbarger RS Jr: Physical Activity and Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. In: Cardiovascular Clinics (Symposium on Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation), GD Curfman, A Leaf (Eds). Volume 3, Number 2:203-222. Philadelphia, WB Saunders Company, May 1985
Whittemore AS, Zheng S, Wu A, Wu M, Fingar T, Jiao D, Ling C, Bao J, Henderson BE, Paffenbarger RS: Colorectal Cancer in Chinese and Chinese-Americans. NCI Monograph, 69:43-46, 1985
Paffenbarger RS Jr: Exercise in the Primary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease. In: Heart Disease and Rehabilitation, M Pollock and DH Schmidt (Eds). New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Ed., p. 349-367, 1986
Paffenbarger RS Jr, Hyde RT, Wing AL, Hsieh CC: Cigarette Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease. IARC Sci Publ, 74:45-60, 1986 Identifier: NCT00005169     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1043
Study First Received: May 25, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cerebral Infarction
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Disease
Heart Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Brain Diseases
Brain Infarction
Brain Ischemia
Central Nervous System Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Myocardial Ischemia
Nervous System Diseases
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