The Miami Heart Study at Baptist Health South Florida

Sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida

Phase Quota
Phase N/A

The Miami Heart Study at Baptist Health will be an observational, longitudinal and prospective cohort study in a target population of 4000 healthy subjects (40-65 years old) consisting of members from the Greater Miami Area (including eligible BHSF(Baptist Health South Florida) employees). Baseline examination will consist of (1) assessment for cardiovascular risk factors (including lifestyle and psychosocial factors); (2) screening for subclinical atherosclerosis using Coronary CT angiogram, Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) testing, vascular 2D/3D ultrasound, endothelial function, arterial stiffness and (3) blood sampling for determination of traditional risk factors, advanced "omics" and biobanking. Participants will be followed yearly via telephone, email, or mail for change in health status with a focus on cardiovascular disease events, including acute myocardial infarction and other forms of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and congestive heart failure; mortality; and for cardiovascular disease interventions. The Miami Heart Study at Baptist Health is expected to identify new imaging and biological factors associated with the presence and feature of earliest markers of subclinical atherosclerotic disease and provide opportunities for discovery/validation of novel biomarkers to identify these high-risk features. This is expected to lead to advances in understanding of evolution and progression of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease starts with an ultimate goal of establishing more personalized, evidence-based approach to medical care.

Study Start Date: August 2014

Estimated Completion Date: May 2023

Specialties: Nursing: Occupational Health Family Medicine: Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner: Occupational Health Physician Assistant: Occupational Health


No interventions cited

Inclusion criteria

  • Current full time/part-time employees of BHSF (occupational cohort) or resident of Greater Miami Area for at least six months (community cohort)
  • Age 40 to 65 years
  • Asymptomatic individuals free of any known cardiovascular event
  • Able to comprehend and sign an informed consent form

Exclusion criteria

  • Prior history of major cardiovascular events (angina, myocardial infarction, prior coronary revascularization)
  • History of cerebrovascular disease including stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • History of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • History of either diagnosis or surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Heart failure
  • Weight greater than 350 lbs
  • Any contraindication to CT scans or iodinated contrast
  • Active treatment for cancer
  • Currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or suspect they may be pregnant
  • Patients who do not agree to an informed consent

Study Locations And Contact Information

  • West Kendall Baptist Hospital Medical Arts Building Suite 205, Miami Florida
    Contact: Lara Roberson MPH 786-662-4937

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