wcgs: Western Collaborative Group Study data

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The Western Collaborative Group Study (WCGS), a prospective cohort studye, recruited middle-aged men (ages 39 to 59) who were employees of 10 California companies and collected data on 3154 individuals during the years 1960-1961. These subjects were primarily selected to study the relationship between behavior pattern and the risk of coronary hearth disease (CHD). A number of other risk factors were also measured to provide the best possible assessment of the CHD risk associated with behavior type. Additional variables collected include age, height, weight, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking, and corneal arcus.




  • id Subject ID:

  • age0 Age: age in years

  • height0 Height: height in inches

  • weight0 Weight: weight in pounds

  • sbp0 Systolic blood pressure: mm Hg

  • dbp0 Diastolic blood pressure: mm Hg

  • chol0 Cholesterol: mg/100 ml

  • behpat0 Behavior pattern:

  • ncigs0 Smoking: Cigarettes/day

  • dibpat0 Dichotomous behavior pattern: 0 = Type B; 1 = Type A

  • chd69 Coronary heart disease event: 0 = none; 1 = yes

  • typechd to be done

  • time169 Observation (follow up) time: Days

  • arcus0 Corneal arcus: 0 = none; 1 = yes


UC Berkeley School of Public Health



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