JHMI Office of Communications and Public Affairs

October 31, 2000
MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Stephenson
PHONE: (410) 955-5384
E-MAIL: gstephenson@jhmi.edu

Hopkins Part of New Program to Detect Early Heart Disease

– Media open house for MESA study scheduled for Nov. 3 –

Members of the media are invited to meet the Johns Hopkins investigators leading Baltimore’s efforts to detect heart disease early in different ethnic groups as part of a new national study.

Researchers will discuss Hopkins’ participation in the $68 million, 10-year Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) – a National Institutes of Health initiative – at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at MESA’s West Baltimore headquarters, 3102 Timanus Lane.

Hopkins is one of six centers in the country and the only one in this region to participate in the study, which will investigate the early stages of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, among Caucasians, Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians. Researchers hope to determine which factors best predict heart disease in men and women, and in each of these ethnic groups.

Study participants will undergo a battery of tests, including an MRI of the heart, a CAT scan of the chest to measure calcium in the arteries, and an ultrasound of the arteries in the neck, as well as blood tests, blood pressure readings and interviews about health habits. Hopkins investigators are sending targeted mailings to many households in the Baltimore area, hoping to enroll 1,100 people by June 30.

Lead investigators are Moyses Szklo, M.D., professor of epidemiology at Hopkins’ School of Public Health, and Joao A.C. Lima, M.D., director of echocardiography and associate professor of medicine at Hopkins’ School of Medicine. Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D., and Wendy S. Post, M.D., of Hopkins’ Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, also are involved.

Note: this meeting is not open to members of the general public. For more information or to interview one of the investigators, contact Gary Stephenson at 410-955-5384 or gstephenson@jhmi.edu, or Kathy Moore at 410-955-7619 or kwojciec@jhsph.edu

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