Multinational MONItoring of trends and determinants in CArdiovascular disease (MONICA)



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Population Health

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A study of indicence, risk factors and acute care of cardiovacular diseases, carried out in 21 countries and coordinated by WHO.


The objective was to monitor population level changes in cardiovascular disease incidence, mortality, risk factors and acute care, and to assess their mutual associations.


Disease registration and risk factor surveys were carried out in 32 populations in 21 countries between years 1979 and 1997. THL hosted the international Data Centre. THL now looks after the archived data base and its useability for further research.


WHO, 32 research institutes and universities (including THL) in 19 European, Asian and North-American countries as well as Australia and New Zealand.


During the active phase of the study: World Health Organization (WHO), National Institutes of Health of the USA (NIH), European Union, national sources; currently: THL.

Contact information

Kari Kuulasmaa
Research Professor
tel. +358 295 248 639
E-mail: [email protected]