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Italy Health Examination Survey 2008-2012


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Italy Osservatorio Epidemilogico Cardiovascolare (OEC)/Health Examination Survey (HES) 2008-2012
Italy (ITA)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
09/2008 - 04/2012
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Exam
  • Individual
  • Interview

This survey was done as a national round of the European Health Examination Survey initiative. The goal of this survey was to examine the cardiovascular health of Italian adults ages 35 through 79 years old. The survey investigated lifestyle habits, factors and their prevalence, gathered data on various demographic groups, and looked at the prevalence of chronic disease.

The data were collected in clinics through blood and urine samples, exams, and anthropometric measurements. Blood samples were assessed for cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose, and hemochrome. The urine samples were assessed for creatinine levels. The measurements taken were blood pressure, height, weight, waist, and hip circumference. The exams performed included and ECG, spirometry, a CO measurement, and a bone density test. 

The questionnaires collected information about food intake, physical activity, and lifestyle. The questionnaires were a mix of self-reporting and in-person interview.

Suggested citation 
Ministry of Health (Italy), National Association of Hospital Cardiologists (Italy), National Center for Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Health Promotion (CNESPS) (Italy), National Institute of Health (Italy). Italy Health Examination Survey 2008-2012.