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Medical News & Perspectives
January 5, 2000

New Heart Study a Legacy for the Future

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JAMA. 2000;283(1):38-44. doi:10.1001/jama.283.1.38-JMN0105-2-1

Jackson, Miss—The leaders conducting a new observational longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease in African Americans living in Mississippi are focusing on legacies.

They hope that data to be gathered in the Jackson Heart Study will allow the 6500 participants to leave a "legacy of health" for future generations. In addition, they believe the study will enhance the community's knowledge of cardiovascular disease, identify risk factors, and develop new treatments for heart disease in African Americans. It should also create an infrastructure to enhance research and attract students to careers in public health and epidemiology at minority schools by combining the resources of the three principal institutions conducting the study—Jackson State University, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), and Tougaloo College.

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