Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Chinese American Immigrants
The Chinese population is currently the fastest growing ethnic group in New York City (NYC). Research has shown that Chinese immigrants living in NYC have higher rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than individuals in China. This study will evaluate the effect that acculturation has on health habits and CVD risk factors in Chinese immigrants living in NYC.
Metabolic Syndrome X
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
|Official Title:||Chinese American Cardiovascular Health Assessment CHA-CHA|
- Cardiovascular risk variables [ Time Frame: Cross-Sectional ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Biospecimen Retention: Samples With DNA
Biospecimens are being analyzed to evaluate the relationship between biomarker, behaviors and sociodemographic variables. Stored specimens will permit future analysis that may involve genetic variables related to biomarker findings.
|Study Start Date:||January 2007|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||October 2015|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
CVD includes diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. The underlying cause of CVD is atherosclerosis, in which fatty plaques develop on the inner walls of arteries. There are many risk factors for CVD, including inflammation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. Research has shown that CVD mortality rates differ greatly between Chinese immigrants living in NYC and individuals living in China. Because of this difference, it is important to understand the impact of immigration and acculturation on health habits and psychosocial factors, which may influence the development of CVD. This study will gather information from Chinese immigrants in NYC to identify the impact of immigration and acculturation on behavior and CVD risk factors. In addition, results from this study may provide insight into the CVD risk patterns in other immigrant groups.
This study will enroll Chinese immigrants living in NYC. Participants will attend one study visit and will complete questionnaires to assess their health habits (diet, physical activity, and smoking), stress levels, and socioeconomic status. Participants will also undergo a physical examination and blood collection.
|United States, New York|
|New York Downtown Hospital|
|New York, New York, United States|
|Principal Investigator:||Judith Wylie-Rosett, EdD||Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University|