||Since publication of the initial
Framingham data, several subsequent large cohort studies have been completed. While a
great deal of attention has been devoted to identifying and validating cardiac risk
factors in white subjects of both races and black men, very few reports are available on
coronary risk factors from prospective, longitudinal studies that include black women. For
example, the Cardiovascular Heart Study (CHS) a study of risk factors in a population aged
65 to 100 limited its enrollment to white men and women, whereas the Charleston Heart
Study, The MRFIT study and the Chicago Heart study limited enrollment to men (8,9).