Atherosclerosis Risk in Community Study

Alternate Titles(s): ARIC
UID: 10043

The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study is a prospective epidemiological study conducted in four U.S. communities. ARIC is designed to investigate the causes of atherosclerosis and its clinical outcomes, and variations in cardiovascular risk factors, medical care, and disease by race, gender, location, and date. ARIC consists of two parts: a Cohort Component and a Community Surveillance Component. Data includes physiological data about participants, health history, dietary history, medication history, ECG data, demographic details, and administrative data.
1987 - Present
Geographic Coverage
Mississippi (state)
North Carolina
Subject Domain
Population Age
Adult (19 years - 64 years)
Senior (65 years - 79 years)
Aged (80 years and over)


Fee Required
Application Required
Investigators are offered three ways to obtain data:
  • Propose a paper in collaboration with an ARIC investigator. Necessary PDF documents are available on the ARIC Publications Policies and Forms page
  • Use publicly available data offered by application through BioLINCC
  • Propose an ancillary study. Necessary resources can be found on the ARIC Ancillary Studies Policies, Forms and Guidelines page
ARIC recommends contacting a member of the steering committee to discuss ideas. Additionally, ARIC charges a fee for outside investigators using their data or for conducing QC analyses on replicate samples. Fee structures are posted under distribution agreements.
Access via ARIC

Epidemiology data

Access via BioLINCC

Publically available epidemiology data

Data Type
Dataset Format(s)
Data Collection Instruments
American College of Radiology/ National Electrical Manufacturers Association 2.0 (ACR/NEMA 2.0)
PubMed Search
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