Heart disease is among the leading causes of deaths worldwide and in Ireland. Heart disease death rates are among the highest in Europe

The original Cork and Kerry Diabetes and Heart Disease Study began in 1998.  The main aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of major risk factors in a middle-aged population in Ireland and to estimate the number of people at high risk of heart disease. The study included measurement of diet and physical activity and assessed the impact of these lifestyle factors on traditional heart disease risk factors.

Phase II of the Cork and Kerry Diabetes and Heart Disease Study began in 2008, with support from the Health Research Board Centre for Health and Diet Research. The centre provided funding for long-term follow-up of the original Cork and Kerry cohort, including a rescreen participants as well as recruitment of a new participants. The study is now called The Mitchelstown cohort. Although the original study was recruited from across 17 different general practices in Cork and Kerry, the new cohort was recruited from a single large primary care centre, the Living Health Clinic in Mitchelstown, county Cork.

The re screen will commence in 2015.

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