Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program
The Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program (HHP), funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute since 1965, has been observing the incidence of coronary heart disease and stroke in about 8,000 men of Japanese ancestry living on the island of Oahu. Results of the longitudinal study have played a part in the U.S. government's recommended dietary guidelines, in the development of "smoke-free" programs for primary and secondary schools, and in the development of rehabilitation programs for heart attack victims. The research findings, such as the existence of "good" cholesterol, have guided physicians worldwide in treating patients with heart disease. The Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program is the only longitudinal study of Japanese-American men that has included epidemiological and clinical data of the cohorts for 50 years. From a worldwide perspective, it is one of few research programs that maintains a comprehensive, longitudinal database of demographic, lifestyle and medical information on the research participants as well as specimens collected from the participants.
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