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British Women's Heart & Health Study (BWHHS)

About the cohort

Start date: 1999
Age at recruitment: 60-79
Sample size at recruitment: 4,286
Estimated current sample size: 3,236

The British Women's Heart and Health Study is a prospective cohort study of heart disease in over 4000 British women between the ages of 60 and 79 recruited from 23 towns across Britain. It is funded by the British Heart Foundation. The Study aims to provide information about the biological and environmental causes and consequences of cardiovascular disease in older women.  We collected our baseline data in 1999-2001, and have been tracking the cohort since and have been contacted in 2003, 2007 & 2010. Outcome ascertainment of clinical events have been conducted through a combination of self-report outcomes, GP records and ONS data. Last round of outcome ascertainment was completed in December 2012. 

Core funders

  • British Heart Foundation



Principal Investigator: Professor Juan Casas, Professor Debbie Lawlor


British Women's Heart and Health Study (c/o Antoinette Amuzu), Non-Communicable Epidemiology Unit
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
LSHTM, Keppel Street
London WC1E 7HT 


Tel: 0207 927 2282

Page last updated: 25 Feb 2015


  • Gender: Female
  • Sample size: 0-4,999
  • Age: 60 to 100
  • Anthropometric: Height, Weight, Waist circumference, Hip circumference, Blood pressure
  • Physical: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Hearing and vision, Reproductive
  • Psychological: Mental health
  • Lifestyle: Smoking, Physical activity, Dietary habits, Alcohol
  • Socio-economic: Occupation, Finances, Family circumstances, Housing, Education, Ethnic group, Marital status, Social support
  • Biological samples: Blood