The KERman Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factors (KERCADRS) is a relatively large population-based cohort study performed on the population aged 15 to 75 years living in Kerman by Physiology Research Center of Kerman University of Medical Sciences(KPRC).
The first phase of this study was performed on 5900 individuals that began in September 2009 and ended in December 2011. The aim of the cohort was to evaluate the prevalence, incidence and trend of 9 risk factors for coronary artery disease including: hypertension, diabetes, overweight and obesity, hyperlipidemia, sedentary lifestyle, mental health, smoking and addiction, nutrition status, and oral health status. From the results of the first phase of the study, 44 articles were published. In the second phase of the study, which started 5 years after the first phase we the recalled the participants of first phase and invitated new participants to reach a sample size of 10,000, started in October 2014 and ended in September 2018.
Outcomes studied in this phase include: instantaneous prevalence and 5-year incidence rate of 9 risk factors mentioned, the incidence of heart attack and stroke, the causes of hospitalization, the raw and specific death rate associated with cardiovascular diseases. A large number of clinical faculty members in various specialties such as cardiology, endocrinology and metabolism, psychiatry, dentistry, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys and internal organs along with faculty members of Physiology and Biochemistry collaborated with KPRC. The third phase of this project has started in December 2019 with the recall of 10,000 participants of the second phase.