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Family Heart Study - Subclinical Atherosclerosis Network (FHS-SCAN)

This study has been completed.
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: September 21, 2001
Last updated: April 13, 2009
Last verified: April 2009

To determine familial and non-familial causes for susceptibility to atherosclerosis and the inflammatory response.

Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Coronary Arteriosclerosis

Study Type: Observational

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

Study Start Date: September 2001
Study Completion Date: August 2006
Primary Completion Date: August 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, along with its related health expenditures, mortality, and morbidity, remains among the most significant health-related conditions in the United States and other developed countries. The substantial resources that have been expended to investigate this problem have led to significant scientific advances in the basic biology, clinical management, epidemiology, and public health intervention approaches. Despite these real advances, there remains much more to be done in terms of understanding the basic biological and social processes, treatment, and public health programs.

Just as earlier research was effective in identifying a variety of epidemiologic risk factors for cardiovascular disease, recent advances make it possible to bring to bear a variety of new and powerful tools to detailed study of the basic processes involved in atherogenesis. Application of these tools, in combination with synthesis of prior basic and epidemiologic results, provides a powerful approach that is more model-driven than many previous studies.


The Subclinical Atherosclerosis Network is a multicenter study of the genetic epidemiology of coronary and aortic calcification and of inflammatory markers. It examines two areas of great interest in contemporary vascular medicine, namely vascular calcification and inflammation in approximately 3000 persons who have been recruited to the Family Heart Study, with additional persons of African American descent contributed by the HyperGEN Study. Considerable data, including a large number of genotypes, have been collected in the Family Heart Study. The subjects will be brought back for additional data collection, including the measurement of inflammatory markers and coronary and aortic calcification by computed tomography (CT).

The network will quantify coronary and aortic artery calcium volume in 441 selected, informative pedigrees ( approximately 3,000 individuals) previously examined and extensively genotyped ( approximately 400 markers spanning the genome) by the NHLBI Family Heart Study, in order to identify genes associated with human atherosclerosis. An additional 275 African American sibships (approximately 600 individuals, also examined and comparably genotyped) will be included to address these study questions in this high-risk population. Assessment of the inter-individual variability in the inflammatory burden and the host response, and the extensive metabolic, behavioral, and environmental data already collected on these pedigrees will provide enhanced phenotypic homogeneity and increased analytic power in assessing the genetic basis of atherosclerosis.

State of the art laboratory and statistical methods will be used to find, localize and characterize the influence of predisposing genes to atherosclerosis and the inflammatory response. Novel genetic analysis methods will be used to address the issues of phenotypic, genetic and population heterogeneity, epistasis, complex interactions among the genetic and environmental risk factors, and to optimize the detection of genomic regions affecting phenotypic susceptibility.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

No eligibility criteria

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00024596

Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigator: John Carr Wake Forest School of Medicine
Investigator: John Eckfeldt University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Investigator: R. Ellison Boston University
Investigator: Gerardo Heiss University of North Carolina
Investigator: James Hixson University of Texas
Investigator: Steven Hunt University of Utah
Investigator: Cora Lewis University of Alabama at Birmingham
Investigator: James Pankow University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Investigator: Michael Province Washington University School of Medicine
Investigator: Lynne Wagenknecht Wake Forest School of Medicine
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00024596     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 985
Study First Received: September 21, 2001
Last Updated: April 13, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Coronary Artery Disease
Heart Diseases
Myocardial Ischemia
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Coronary Disease
Vascular Diseases processed this record on November 20, 2014