Individual Study / FHS

Framingham Heart Study

Framingham Heart Study

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Initiatives -
To study the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases and risk factors associated. ****
Start Year
1K23 HL118259/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/United States
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof. Connie Tsao
    Harvard Medical School


Study design
Patients' cohort
Follow Up
All FHS cohorts have been examined approximately every 2-4 years since the initiation of the study. At these periodic Heart Study examinations, we obtain a medical history and perform a cardiovascular-focused physical examination, 12-lead electrocardiography, blood and urine samples testing and other cardiovascular imaging studies reflecting subclinical disease burden.
Supplementary Information
The Study has added an Offspring Cohort in 1971, the Omni Cohort in 1994, a Third Generation Cohort in 2002, a New Offspring Spouse Cohort in 2003, and a Second Generation Omni Cohort in 2003.

Marker Paper

Tsao CW, Vasan RS. Cohort Profile: The Framingham Heart Study (FHS): overview of milestones in cardiovascular epidemiology. Int J Epidemiol. 2015;44(6):1800-1813. doi:10.1093/ije/dyv337

PUBMED 26705418


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Men and women between the ages of 30 and 62 from the town of Framingham, Massachusetts, who had not yet developed overt symptoms of cardiovascular disease or suffered a heart attack or stroke


Availability of data and biosamples