National Health Examination Survey, Cycle I, 1959-1962: Cardiovascular Findings (ICPSR 9206)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


The National Health Examination Surveys, Cycle I (NHES I), conducted during the period 1959-1962, were designed to secure statistics on the health status of the population of the United States. More specifically, their purpose was to determine the prevalence of certain chronic diseases, the status of dental health, and the distributions of auditory and visual acuity and certain anthropometric measurements. This collection contains information on cardiovascular findings collected from a medical history questionnaire, physician's examination, blood pressure readings, ECG readings, chest x-rays, and a test for serum cholesterol. Data are also supplied on the incidence of headaches, fainting, strokes, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart pain, high blood pressure, and heart trouble.

Series: National Health Examination Surveys, Cycles I-III Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Examination Survey, Cycle I, 1959-1962: Cardiovascular Findings. ICPSR09206-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cardiovascular disease, chronic illnesses, dental health, eyesight, health behavior, health history, health status, hearing (physiology), medical evaluation, physical health, testing and measurement

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1959-10--1962-12

Universe:    Adult (ages 18-79), civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the coterminous United States.

Data Type(s):    clinical data

Data Collection Notes:

Files from the NHES Cycle I, 1959-1962 may be linked using the File Sequence number in columns 1-5. The age distribution for this file is: N=3,853 ages 18-44, N=1,252 ages 45-54, N=861 ages 55-64, N=564 ages 65-74, and N=142 ages 75-79. The data contain blanks.


Sample:    National probability sample.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms, and physical examinations


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-09-26

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