Charleston Heart Study, 1960-2000 (ICPSR 4050)

Published: Jun 7, 2010 View help for published

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

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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).

Nietert, Paul J., Sutherland, Susan E., Bachman, David L., Keil, Julian E., Gazes, Peter, and Boyle, Edwin. Charleston Heart Study, 1960-2000. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-07.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (AG021162-01)


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. Users interested in obtaining the Charleston Heart Study must complete the CHS Limited Use Agreement form. A copy of this form can be accessed from the download page associated with this data collection. Completed forms with original signatures can be emailed to

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
1960 -- 2000
1960 -- 1964 (Baseline and Phase 3 special cohort), 1984 -- 1986 (Phase 10), 1987 -- 1990 (Phase 11), 1990 -- 1991 (Phase 12), 1960 -- 2000 (Death file)

The codebook, questionnaires, Limited Use Agreement form, and References/Bibliography are provided by ICPSR as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Clustered geographical probability sample.

Residents of Charleston County, South Carolina in 1960.


personal interviews, telephone interviews, self-enumerated questionnaires, clinical exams, and National Death Index

administrative records data, clinical data, medical records, survey data

Baseline: 84 percent

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



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Nietert, Paul J., Susan E. Sutherland, David L. Bachman, Julian E. Keil, Peter Gazes, and Edwin Boyle. Charleston Heart Study, 1960-2000. ICPSR04050-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-07.

2010-06-07 The data are restricted, but the documentation files are now available for download.

2008-04-01 Minor edits were made to the metadata. A change was made in the Limited Use Agreement form and the codebook reflects this change.


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This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).