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Plasma Homocysteine Distribution in the United States

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00005483
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 26, 2000
Last Update Posted : January 8, 2016
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Information provided by:
Tufts University

Brief Summary:
To describe the distribution of homocysteine and prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia with emphasis on race, sex and age. To determine the extent to which hyperhomocysteinemia is associated with status of folate and vitamin B12. Finally, to describe the relationships between prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia and prevalence of cardiovascular disease and assess the importance of this risk factor as a cause of vascular disease among US adults. The study was renewed for one year to investigate normal homocysteine concentrations among children and to identify nutritional and non-nutritional determinants of total homocysteine concentrations in children.

Condition or disease
Cardiovascular Diseases Heart Diseases Hyperhomocysteinemia

Detailed Description:

BACKGROUND:

Hyperhomocysteinemia, a condition of elevated plasma homocysteine concentrations resulting from impaired sulfur amino acid metabolism, may be a powerful risk factor for occlusive vascular disease. However, little is known about the distribution of hyperhomocysteinemia in the general population. Furthermore, inadequate nutritional status might be a strong determinant of hyperhomocysteinemia, but its importance at a population level (as measured by the prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia associated with inadequate nutrition) has received little study. Finally, levels of homocysteine associated with elevated risk of vascular disease have not been clearly established.

DESIGN NARRATIVE:

Using previously collected plasma samples, studies were conducted on the distribution of homocysteine and prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia with emphasis on race, sex and age. Investigations were undertaken on the extent of the relationship of hyperhomocysteinemia to folate and vitamin B12. Finally, the relationships were described between prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia and prevalence of cardiovascular disease and the importance of this risk factor as a cause of vascular disease among US adults was assessed..


Study Type : Observational
Study Start Date : December 1994
Study Completion Date : July 1999

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria
No eligibility criteria

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Tufts University
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Investigators
OverallOfficial: Jacob Selhub Tufts University