Individual Study / ARIC

Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study

Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study

ARIC logo
Initiatives -
Objectives of the Study: 1. Examine the ARIC cohort to characterize heart failure stages in the community, identify genetic and environmental factors leading to ventricular dysfunction and vascular stiffness, and assess longitudinal changes in pulmonary function and identify determinants of its decline. 2. Cohort follow-up for cardiovascular events, including CHD, heart failure, stroke, and atrial fibrillation; and for the study of risk factors related to progression of subclinical to clinical CVD. 3. Enhance the ARIC cohort study with cardiovascular outcomes research to assess quality and outcomes of medical care for heart failure and heart failure risk factors. 4. Community surveillance to monitor long-term trends in hospitalized MI, CHD deaths, and heart failure (inpatient and outpatient). 5. Provide a platform for ancillary studies, training for new investigators, and data sharing. **Information contact:**
Start Year
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Visit ARIC


Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof. David Couper
    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Project Director Kim Ring
    UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Annual follow-up of the cohort by telephone began in 1987, to maintain contact and to assess health status of the cohort. Beginning in 2012, the cohort started to be contacted semi-annually.

Marker Paper

The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study: design and objectives. The ARIC investigators. Am J Epidemiol. 1989 Apr;129(4):687-702.

PUBMED 2646917


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Adults aged 45-64 years


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

On the study website :