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Linking Cardiovascular Health Study Data to CMS Data

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The Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS) is a population-based longitudinal study of risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke in 5,888 men and women aged 65 and older. Annual examinations through 1999 included measures of possible and proven cardiovascular disease risk factors and measures of subclinical disease. The cohort has been followed for coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, and mortality. The study is currently supported by contract funding for infrastructural functions and by investigator-initiated grants and other outside sources for research projects. CMS data are being used to enhance CHS CVD outcomes research by enabling researchers to study determinants related to medical care access, quality, cost, and outcomes. Conference calls are conducted among staff of the study, the CMS, and the NHLBI to discuss the data availability, confidentiality, quality, distribution, and to identify research opportunities.

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