New Data Release from NACDA: Charleston Heart Study (CHS)

James McNally jmcnally at
Thu May 12 07:49:21 EST 2005

The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) announces the 
availability of the Charleston Heart Study (CHS).  The CHS represents a 
ground breaking longitudinal study that follows a cohort of adults as they 
aged within a community over a 41 year period in Charleston, South Carolina 
from 1960 to 2000. The study contains NDI follow up for mortality as well 
as detailed functional outcomes for respondents over the four decade period 
of study. The availability of this study was made possible through the NIA 
R-03 mechanism for archival development: Archiving the Charleston Heart 
Study (R03AG021162, P. Nietert- PI)

The Charleston Heart Study (Study 4050)
(Registration required for first time users of NACDA)

Principal Investigators:
Nietert, Paul J., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Sutherland, Susan E., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Bachman, David L., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Keil, Julian E., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Gazes, Peter, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
Boyle, Edwin, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

Abstract of the Study:
The Charleston Heart Study (CHS) represents data collected over a 41-year 
period (1960-2000) in order to provide an understanding of the natural 
progression of aging in a community-based cohort. In 1960 the CHS began 
enrolling a random selection of community residents who were 35 years of 
age and older -- including men and women, Black and White. The primary 
hypothesis of the original study was to investigate racial differences in 
the manifestation and risk factors for coronary disease. Over the ensuing 
40+ years, a variety of outcome measurements were incorporated into the 
re-examination of the participants, including psychosocial, behavioral, 
aging, and functional measures. As a longitudinal study, the CHS allows for 
the study of the risk factors, correlates, and consequences of aging, while 
simultaneously allowing for exploration of racial disparity in the 
manifestation of putative risk factors and outcomes. The CHS began with 
baseline data and added a special cohort of Black men. In subsequent years 
three separate follow-ups were conducted. The data include death 
information for respondents and background characteristics (age, race, sex, 
occupation, education, and marital status).

Structure of the study:
The study consists of six data files and machine-readable 
documentation.  SAS, SPSS and STATA data definition statements are included 
to facilitate initial analysis.  The Codebook and Limited Use Agreement are 
available for immediate download and review.  The data files will be 
provided on CD-ROM after completion of the Limited Use Agreement.

This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical 
reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any 
person or establishment is prohibited. In preparing the data files for this 
collection for public archiving and distribution, the producers have 
removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to 
identification of data subjects.

Special Restrictions:
Due to confidentiality concerns associated with this data collection and 
the presence of detailed health and socio-economic outcomes across numerous 
waves this data is restricted and available only on CD-ROM.  Users 
interested in obtaining the Charleston Heart Study must complete the CHS 
Limited Use Agreement Form located on the Study webpage.

There is no charge for obtaining this data but users must remain in 
compliance with all ICPSR and HIPPA related protections for restricted data 
in order to obtain this collection.

Funding Agency:
National Institute on Aging- AG021162

Study Scales<>:
Physical Disability Index, Health Scale for the Aged, Wechsler Memory 
Scale, Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ), Center for 
Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale

Appropriate Bibliographic Citation:
Nietert, Paul J., Susan E. Sutherland, David L. Bachman, Julian E. Keil, 
Peter Gazes, and Edwin Boyle. CHARLESTON HEART STUDY, 2000 [Computer file]. 
ICPSR version. Charleston, SC: Medical University of South Carolina 
[producer], 2000. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political 
and Social Research [distributor], 2004.

The Charleston Heart Study is freely available to all qualified researchers 
completing the Limited Use Agreement.  Interested users can review the 
documentation of the study at any time by visiting the NACDA website or at 
the following link:

If there are any questions or comments feel free to contact us at 

The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), located within 
ICPSR, is funded by the National Institute on Aging. NACDA's mission is to 
advance research on aging by helping researchers to profit from the 
under-exploited potential of a broad range of datasets. NACDA acquires and 
preserves data relevant to gerontological research, processing as needed to 
promote effective research use, disseminates them to researchers, and 
facilitates their use. By preserving and making available the largest 
library of electronic data on aging in the United States, NACDA offers 
opportunities for secondary analysis on major issues of scientific and 
policy relevance.

James W. McNally, PhD
Director, Program on 
Aging                                              Office: 734-615-9520
National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging  Fax:    734-998-9259
426 Thompson Street,                            email:jmcnally at
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1248             
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