Why are people from diverse racial and ethnic groups included in MESA?
In the past, most of the research studies for heart disease included only white men.
This led researchers to think that the heart disease symptoms seen in Caucasian
males would be the same in other gender and racial or ethnic groups.
Research in diverse studies like MESA, however, has shown that heart disease can have
different symptoms in women or people from different racial or ethnic groups.
In the US, heart disease is the leading cause of death
for African-Americans, Latinos, and Caucasians.
Studies like MESA can help find reasons why these groups may be at higher risk.
Risk factors may be from social conditions, the environment, neighborhoods, genetics, and lifestyle.
MESA looks at all of these factors, and more.
Why is it important that I continue to participate in MESA?
You will be contributing to medical knowledge on how to prevent heart disease,
stroke, and other serious diseases of the blood vessels. Medical knowledge can
only advance if people like you are willing to participate in medical research.
Is the information I gave you confidential?
Yes, all the information given by participants is held in strict confidence and
will be used for statistical research purposes only. The information you
provide will never be associated with your name, as provided by law.
What if I have questions?
You may call your MESA clinic between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If that is not
convenient, please leave a voicemail message at that number, and we will call
you back as soon as possible to answer your questions in person.
Columbia University Clinic: 212-305-9932
Johns Hopkins University Field Center: 410-614-2488
Northwestern University Clinic: 312-503-3298
University of Minnesota Clinic: 612-626-9980
UCLA Clinic: 626-979-4920
Wake Forest University Clinic: 336-716-6650