December 1971

The Relation of Migration to Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors

Author Affiliations

Jackson, Miss; Chapel Hill, NC

From the Department of Planning and Evaluation, Tufts-Delta Health Center, Mound Bayou, Miss (Miss Wetherbee); and Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Dr. Tyroler). Miss Wetherbee is now with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(6):976-981. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310240130017

Migration out of Evans County, Georgia, was sizeable and, in an 87 month follow-up period, amounted to 14% of the cohort originally examined for the cardiovascular survey of 1960-1962. Migration was selective of young individuals and differentially selective of blacks for long-distance moves out of Georgia, and selective of whites for short-distance migration. There was no evidence of significant migration selection on the coronary heart disease risk factors of blood pressure and cholesterol adjusting for the age, race, and sex of migrants.