Research Guide to Cardiovascular and
Cerebrovascular Health Statistics

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Sources of Information
2.1. Books
2.2. Journals
2.3. Internet
2.4 Other data sources

1. Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to assist faculty, students, and staff of the University of Chicago find cardiovascular health statistics. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive but to highlight key resources for locating information on this topic.

2. Sources of Information

2.1 Book Resources

For electronic access to books, try searching the MD Consult database. You can search within an individual textbook, or run a search across >35 textbooks simultaneously for your topic.

Use the Library catalog to locate relevant print and electronic books in the University Library.

Try to identify general texts on your topic and you should be able to find the data you need. Excellent data is buried within textbooks; just because a textbook has not been labeled in the catalog as a statistical resource does not mean that important numerical data is not included within the work. You will need to browse textbook and textbook chapters for tables and graphs on your topic in order to retrieve desired information.

Subject headings in the catalog often do not include terms like statistics unless the book only reports summary data, like in a survey. Instead, browse or search the catalog using broad and narrow subject terms related to cardiovascular health. Catalog tip: use the "*" wildcard to search for variations of your root term. For example child* to search for child or children or children's. You can then combine these subject terms with the type of data you are interested in. For example cardiovascular diseases and drug therapy.

Blood -- Circulation
Blood Vessels
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cardiovascular System

Author Date Collection/Call#
Cerebrovascular disease : 22nd Princeton Conference edited by Pak H. Chan. 2002 Crerar Stacks RC388.5 .C3995 2002
Title: Long-term effects of stroke edited by Julien Bogousslavsky. 2002 Crerar Stacks RC388.5 .L655 2002
Stroke-vascular diseases W.W. Fleischhacker, D.J. Brooks (eds.). 2002 Crerar Stacks RC388.5.S776 2002
Cardiovascular medicine Willerson, James T.,1939- 2000 Crerar Library Bookstacks RC667 .C395
Obesity : impact on cardiovascular disease edited by Gerald F. Fletcher, Scott M. Grundy, Laura L. Hayman. 1999 Crerar Library Bookstacks RA645.O23 O24 1999
Epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases : a global challenge Darwin R. Labarthe. 1998 Crerar Library BookstacksRA645.C34 L33 1998
Life and death in the United States : statistics on life expectancies, diseases, and death rates for the twentieth century Wright, Russell O. 1997 Regenstein Reading RoomHB1335 .W75
Heart disease and stroke in Canada. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. 1997 Crerar Library BookstacksRA645.C34C35
Data book on mechanical properties of living cells, tissues, and organs H. Ab?, K. Hayashi, M. Sato (eds.). 1996 Crerar Library Bookstacks QH513.D38 1996
Dynamical disease : mathematical analysis of human illness Bélair, Jacques 1995 Crerar Library BookstacksR853.M3D960
Health care utilization and costs of adult cardiovascular conditions, United States, 1980. National Center for Health Statistics 1989 Crerar Library BookstacksRA645.C34H430 1989
Mortality from cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular diseases for U.S. cities, 1949-1950, 1959-1961, 1969-1971, with selected environmental descriptors Feinleib, Manning, 1935- 1979 Crerar Library Bookstacks, Oversizef RA407.3.F380

2.2 Journals

There are two versions of the the Medline database available.
Medline on OVID
and PubMed.

MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's premier database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to 1966.

The Print version of this database is known as Index Medicus. Print volumes from 1879-present are available in the Crerar Library Reference Collection at Z6660.I4.

Documentation on how to search Medline on the OVID.

Documentation on how to search PubMed.

2.3 Internet Resources

Sites were selected based upon the authority and/or reputation of the issuing body in addition to the quality and organization of the website. Federal organizations, medical associations, and private organizations are included.

Agency/Organization Statistics available
American Heart Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit, voluntary health organization funded by private contributions. Its mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. (The American Stoke Association is part of the AHA and not listed separately on this page)
  • Stroke Statistics
  • Stroke Facts 2003

  • Scientific Statement and Practice Guideline Topic List. Following is a topic listing of active Medical and Scientific Statements from the American Heart Association. Most AHA Scientific Statements and Advisories are published in Circulation. Joint AHA and American College of Cardiology (ACC) statements also appear in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).
Cardiothoracic Surgery Network
CTSNet is a non-profit organization which is sponsored and owned by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.
CDC Cardiovascular Health Program
Mission: To provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are, respectively, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. They are the principal causes of cardiovascular disease death and are also major causes of disability.
National Center for Health Statistics
(NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of statistics on the nature and extent of the health, illness, and disability of the US population
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
A division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Pan American Health Organization - Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization.
PAHO is an international public health agency working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.
  • Cardiovascular Diseases (Miscellaneous Collection of technical documents, briefings, reports, books)
  • Hypertension (Miscellaneous Collection of technical documents, briefings, reports, books)

2.4 Other data sources

Statistical Universe

Major tool for statistical research. Covers data from US federal and state governments; university research centers, private associations and organizations, and independent research groups; and international and intergovernmental organizations. Records include abstracts, with full text of selected US federal and state publications available from as early as 1995.

Statistical Universe is the online equivalent of the following resources available in print. You will need to consult the print version in order to conduct historical research.

American statistics index (ASI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z1223.Z7A51 (1973-)
Index to international statistics (IIS)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein (1983-)
Statistical Abstract of the United States
At multiple locations. Please check holdings. HA202.A2 (1878-)
Statistical reference index (SRI)
Reading Rm, floor 1 Regenstein Z7554.U5S71(1980-)


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