Surveillance and ascertainment of cardiovascular events. The Cardiovascular Health Study

Ann Epidemiol. 1995 Jul;5(4):278-85. doi: 10.1016/1047-2797(94)00093-9.


While previous prospective multicenter studies have conducted cardiovascular disease surveillance, few have detailed the techniques relating to the ascertainment of and data collection for events. The Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS) is a population-based study of coronary heart disease and stroke in older adults. This article summarizes the CHS events protocol and describes the methods of surveillance and ascertainment of hospitalized and nonhospitalized events, the use of medical records and other support documents, organizational issues at the field center level, and the classification of events through an adjudication process. We present data on incidence and mortality, the classification of adjudicated events, and the agreement between classification by the Events Subcommittee and the medical records diagnostic codes. The CHS techniques are a successful model for complete ascertainment, investigation, and documentation of events in an older cohort.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / classification
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Coronary Disease / classification
  • Coronary Disease / epidemiology*
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Quality Control
  • United States / epidemiology