University of Pittsburgh
April 8, 1999

PITT RESEARCHES AFRICAN-AMERICAN HEART HEALTH

Contact: 

Sharon Blake

412-624-4364

Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH, April 9 -- The University of Pittsburgh is seeking volunteers for the Pittsburgh Healthy Heart Project, a study to gain information about why cardiovascular disease has not declined as much in blacks as in whites.

Researchers say current studies lack sufficient scientific data on minority populations. "Given the high rates of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke among African-Americans, it is especially important that there be adequate representation of the African-American population in the project," said Thomas Kamarck, a professor of psychology who heads the study.

The project will investigate all factors that may lead to heart disease -- blood pressure, cholesterol, cigarette smoking and daily stresses and strains. While the Pittsburgh Healthy Heart Project collects and analyzes data, participants will learn more about their blood pressure and other characteristics that may affect their health.

Volunteers should be 55 to 65 years old, and will be paid $350 upon completion of the study, which involves several visits to the University of Pittsburgh. Interested individuals may call the Pittsburgh Healthy Heart Project at 412-383-2346.

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