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A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology$
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Diana Kuh, Yoav Ben Shlomo, and Susser Ezra

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198578154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198578154.001.0001

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Geography and migration with special reference to cardiovascular disease

Geography and migration with special reference to cardiovascular disease

(p.144) Chapter 6 Geography and migration with special reference to cardiovascular disease
A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Diana Kuh

Yoav Ben-Shlomo

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers two epidemiological approaches to investigating geographic variations in cardiovascular disease (CVD): ecological studies and migrant studies. Ecological studies examine the correlation between a potential explanatory variable and disease frequency both within and between countries. Migrant studies provide the opportunity to establish the etiological importance of factors acting at different points in the life course. Ecological studies have provided useful clues to important risk factors for CVD. Migrant studies have provided compelling evidence that people moving from a low- to high-blood pressure community experience a rise in blood pressure not seen in those who remain behind.

Keywords:   heart disease, epidemiological studies, ecological studies, migrant studies, blood pressure

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