The article, “Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Is Associated With Premature Parental Coronary Heart Disease: The Framingham Heart Study” by Wang et al that appeared in the August 5, 2003, issue (Circulation. 2003;108:572–576) contained an error. Because of a programming error, the age cutoff used to define premature coronary heart disease was 70 years, rather than 60 years as stated in the Methods (fourth paragraph) and the title of Table 2. The corrected title for Table 2 should read, “Table 2: Mean Internal Carotid IMT in mm (Standard Error), by Parental Premature (Age <70) CHD Status.”
If age 60 years is used rather than 70 years, the results do not change in men (age-adjusted internal carotid intima-media thickness [IMT] in those with versus without premature parental coronary heart disease [CHD], 1.17 vs. 1.05 mm, P=0.003) but are slightly attenuated in women (age-adjusted internal carotid IMT in those with versus without premature parental CHD, 0.92 vs. 0.86 mm, P=0.13).
The authors regret this error and any confusion it may have caused.