Mississippi Heart Study Targets At-Risk Population

Published Online: Friday, October 1, 2004

A few years ago, a large, national study known as Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities was expanded to investigate the high rate of cardiovascular disease among black people. The study has focused on more than 5000 black men and women between the ages of 35 and 84 in Jackson, Miss. This study, known as the Jackson Heart Study, began in 2000 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and is currently in the evaluation process of preliminary findings. Researchers gathered information from a series of questionnaires regarding lifestyle habits, medical history, medications, social and cultural function, as well as lab measurements. Justin Vincent, senior operations manager, hopes the study will be extended for another 10 years. According to Vincent, this is the first study of cardiovascular disease in black people, and its site in Mississippi is ideal because of the state's high percentage of black residents and some of the worst medical statistics in the country. Vincent remarked, "Mississippi is right up there when it comes to cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension. We have a lot of work to do."

Latest Articles
Beverly Schaefer, RPh, of Katterman's Sand Point Pharmacy in Seattle, Washington, shares some fun tips on how to encourage patients who travel to come to your pharmacy for supplies.
Donnie Calhoun, RPh, PD, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation vice president, discusses how pharmacists can prepare themselves and their business before, during, and after a disaster.
Ken Whittemore Jr, Surescript's senior vice president of professional and regulatory affairs, talks about some new transactions available that can help pharmacists.
In case you got caught up in the Thanksgiving holiday rush, here are the top trending stories you may have missed in November:
Latest Issues