EPICARDIAN – Epidemiología Cardiovascular en los Ancianos en Espa?ña Study

Principal contacts

Rafael Gabriel - Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

Carmen Suarez - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Alfonsa Friera - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Study design

The Epidemiología Cardiovascular en los Ancianos en Espa?ña (EPICARDIAN) Study is a general population study based in Lista district (Madrid city), Arévalo county (Avila), and Begonte county (Lugo) in Spain. Individuals of the Lista district were obtained via age- and sex- stratified random sampling. In contrast, all registered elders of the other two centres were contacted. The principal aim of the study was to estimate the incidence of cardiovascular disease in the elderly Spanish population and estimate the consequences of being exposed to cardiovascular risk factors. All participants signed an informed consent at the beginning of the study. The study protocol was approved by the ethics committee of the Hospital Universitario de la Princesa, Madrid.


Key publications

The EPICARDIAN Project: a Cohort Study on Cardiovascular Diseases and Risk Factors among the Elderly in Spain: Methodological Aspects and Major Demographic Findings. Rev Esp Salud Publica. 2004 Mar-Apr;78(2):243-55

Epidemiology of lipid profile of the Spanish elderly population: the EPICARDIAN study. Med Clin (Barc). 2004 May 1;122(16):605-9

Association of clinic and ambulatory blood pressure with vascular damage in the elderly: the EPICARDIAN study. Blood Press Monit. 2006 Dec;11(6):329-35

Echocardiographic Findings in an Elderly Population. Influence of Arterial Hypertension.The EPICARDIAN Study. Rev Esp Cardiol. 2008 Aug;61(8):881-3

Ten-year fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarction incidence in elderly populations in Spain: the EPICARDIAN cohort study. BMC Public Health. 2009 Sep 24;9:360