Elaine D. Eaker

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Major depression has been associated with mortality from ischemic heart disease (IHD). In addition, a symptom of depression--hopelessness--has been suggested as a determinant of health status. We studied the relation of both depressed affect and hopelessness to IHD incidence using data from a cohort of 2,832 U.S. adults age 45-77 years who participated in(More)
This study investigates the relation of psychosocial variables to the 20-year incidence of myocardial infarction or coronary death among women in the Framingham Study. In 1965-1967, a psychosocial interview was given along with the collection of other coronary risk factor data. This study includes 749 women aged 45-64 years who were free of coronary disease(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of our study was to determine the incidence and predictors of atrial flutter in the general population. BACKGROUND Although atrial flutter can now be cured, there are no reports on its epidemiology in unselected patients. METHODS The Marshfield Epidemiological Study Area (MESA), a database that captures nearly all medical care among(More)
A cohort of 317 diabetic patients, aged > or = 65 years, with angiographically proven coronary artery disease, was analyzed and followed for a mean of 12.8 years. Compared with 1,843 age-matched nondiabetic patients, diabetic patients were more likely to (1) have a higher number of coronary occlusions, (2) not be current smokers, (3) have higher systolic(More)
BACKGROUND Conflicting findings in the literature with regard to the ability of type A behavior, expressions of anger, or hostility to predict incident coronary heart disease (CHD) have created controversy. In addition, there are no prospective studies relating these characteristics to the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS AND RESULTS From(More)
This paper describes the life-style and behavioral correlates of change in coronary heart disease risk factors measured eight years apart in the young adult offspring of the Framingham Heart Study cohort. Changes in total cholesterol, lipoprotein cholesterols (high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, very low(More)
The Collaborative Review of Sterilization is a prospective, multicenter study that interviewed 7,590 women before they underwent tubal sterilization and then conducted yearly follow-up interviews that included questions on sterilization regret. These women contributed 26,641 observations (for up to 5 years after the procedure, 1978 to 1988) to an analysis(More)
OBJECTIVE Conflicting research findings regarding the ability of tension or anxiety to predict incident coronary heart disease (CHD) have created uncertainty in the literature. In addition, there are no prospective studies relating these characteristics to the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS From 1984 to 1987, 3682 participants (mean age(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if marriage and marital strain are related to the 10-year coronary heart disease (CHD) incidence or total mortality. Research has demonstrated associations between marital strain and prognosis of heart disease, but little research has addressed the association between specific aspects of marital strain and incident CHD. METHODS From(More)