Examining the Genetic Predictors of Coronary Artery Calcification in African Americans
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is an important health concern for African Americans, who are diagnosed with CAD at high rates. Coronary artery calcification, which is characterized by calcium deposits in the coronary arteries, is a contributing factor to CAD. This study will examine the possible genetic causes of coronary artery calcification in African Americans.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
|Official Title:||Predictors of Coronary Artery Calcification in an African American Cohort|
- Coronary Artery Calcification [ Time Frame: Measured during participants' single study visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Biospecimen Retention: Samples With DNA
Blood to measure risk factors and stored DNA for genetic studies
|Study Start Date:||January 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||April 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||April 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
In the United States, more people die from CAD than any other disease, with African Americans, particularly women and young men, being more affected by CAD than European Americans. One cause of CAD is atherosclerosis, a condition in which deposits of fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up along the inner walls of arteries. Coronary artery calcification occurs as a result of atherosclerosis and is characterized by calcium build up in the arteries. Non-invasive imaging, including computed tomography (CT) scans, of coronary artery calcification is an effective way to assess CAD risk. The Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy (GENOA) study, which is part of the Family Blood Pressure Program (FBPP), is a study that examined siblings with high blood pressure during two exams conducted between 1995 and 2004. The purpose of this new GENOA study, which will enroll past GENOA participants, is to identify genetic factors that may lead to the development of coronary artery calcification in African Americans. Conducting genetic studies in the African American population will result in greater understanding of the mechanisms of atherosclerosis, and may lead to improved strategies for the early identification of people at risk for CAD and the development of new treatments for CAD.
This study will enroll people who have participated in the second GENOA exam and who live in Jackson, Mississippi. Participants will attend one study visit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. During the study visit, participants will be interviewed by study staff about their medical and family health history; health behaviors; physical activity levels; and use of tobacco, alcohol, and medications. They will complete a walking activity and tasks to assess memory, thinking speed, and accuracy. Participants will also complete a questionnaire about their mood, a physical examination, a CT scan of the heart, and a blood collection. A portion of blood will be stored for future research studies.
|United States, Mississippi|
|University of Mississippi Medical Center|
|Jackson, Mississippi, United States, 39216|
|Principal Investigator:||Patricia Peyser, Ph.D.||University of Michigan|