The Olivetti Heart Study is an occupational based surveillance study on the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in male workers, aged 20-65 years, in southern Italy.
The study started in 1976-77 with the first cross-sectional survey of approximately 1,600 men. Since then regular surveys have been carried out (1981-2; 1987-8; 1994-5; 2001-2; 2005). At each survey new measurements have been introduced with substantial sub-groups being selected for more sophisticated phenotypes such as lithium clearance, sodium-lithium countertransport, history of kidney stones, central adiposity.
A DNA bank is also available. Prospective data is available on a core cohort of approximately 1,000 men seen on several occasions throughout the 17 years of the study.
- F P Cappuccio (Coventry, GB)
- E Farinaro (Naples, I)
- A Siani (Avellino, I)
- P Strazzullo, Chair (Naples, I)
- M Trevisan (New York, USA)
- Ministry of Education of the Italian Government