News on Framingham Heart Study (FHS)

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Research Feature
For nearly 50 years Ken Wilkinson has dutifully committed time as a research volunteer to participate in all kinds of heart-related tests—blood pressure measurements, cholesterol screenings, heart rate checks, MRIs, EKGs. Like his wife’s mom once did and his own six children do now, the 77-year-old retired plumber volunteers for the Framingham Hear...
Lecture Series Logo: NHLBI 70 Years of Discovery
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Media Advisory
WHAT: The Framingham Heart Study , a joint project of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Boston University, marks its 70th anniversary this year. Daniel Levy, M.D., director of the project , will deliver a special lecture to acknowledge the landmark, multigenerational study, which began in 1948. The topic of Dr. Levy’s talk w...
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Large NIH-supported study may lead to fresh approaches to treating hypertension WHAT: A team of researchers led by scientists from the Framingham Heart Study has discovered 31 new genetic markers it says are associated with blood pressure. The large-scale study provides new insight into the genetic underpinnings of high blood pressure and researche...
Internal cardiovascular systems
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Research Feature
In the mid-20th century, deaths from cardiovascular diseases, and particularly coronary heart disease and stroke, were skyrocketing, yet no one was sure what caused cardiovascular diseases or how they could be treated or prevented. By 1950, more than twice as many Americans died annually from cardiovascular diseases as from cancer. Until the 1950s,...
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Research Feature
Today, many people know that a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol can lead to clogged arteries and heart attacks , but that was not always common knowledge. The landmark Framingham Heart Study of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), begun in 1948, helped identify the primary risk factors for heart disease. We now know that...