Charleston Heart Study, 1960-2000 (ICPSR 4050)
Published: Jun 7, 2010
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
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).
United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (AG021162-01)
Smallest Geographic Unit
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.
1960 -- 2000
Date of Collection
1960 -- 1964 (Baseline and Phase 3 special cohort)
1984 -- 1986 (Phase 10)
1987 -- 1990 (Phase 11)
1990 -- 1991 (Phase 12)
1960 -- 2000 (Death file)
Data Collection Notes
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.
Unit(s) of Observation
personal interviews, telephone interviews, self-enumerated questionnaires, clinical exams, and National Death Index
administrative records data
Baseline: 84 percent
Presence of Common Scales
Physical Disability Index, Health Scale for the Aged, Wechsler Memory Scale, Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ), Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale
Original Release Date
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.
The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.
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).