Matthew J. Kolek

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Warfarin has a narrow therapeutic range and wide inter-individual dosing requirements that may be related to functional variants of genes affecting warfarin metabolism (i.e., CYP2C9) and activity (i.e., vitamin K epoxide reductase complex subunit 1-VKORC1). We hypothesized that variants in these two genes explain a substantial proportion of variability in(More)
BACKGROUND Variants at the 9p21 locus have been associated with coronary heart disease, but their precise disease phenotype and utility for clinical risk assessment are uncertain. METHODS Consenting patients with early-onset angiographic coronary artery disease (CAD) (n = 1,011) were compared with matched subjects (n = 545) free of angiographic disease(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary artery disease (CAD) and, increasingly, diabetes are recognized as having an inflammatory basis. Membrane toll-like receptors (TLRs) activate signaling pathways that up-regulate inflammation. We evaluated whether the Asp299Gly polymorphism in the TLR4 gene, which impairs inflammatory responses, is associated with reduced vascular(More)
BACKGROUND Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) genes may be associated with myocardial infarction (MI) and coronary artery disease (CAD), but studies of multiple MMP genes and their tissue inhibitors (TIMPs) are scarce. Furthermore, differentiation of predictive ability by end point (MI vs CAD) has not been addressed.(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to identify associations of the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) gene with coronary artery disease (CAD) with tagging (t) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) chosen to optimally account for intra-genic variation. BACKGROUND The CETP gene plays a critical role in lipoprotein metabolism, but the common(More)
Importance Atrial fibrillation (AF) contributes to substantial morbidity, mortality, and health care expenditures. Accurate prediction of incident AF would enhance AF management and potentially improve patient outcomes. Objective To validate the AF risk prediction model originally developed by the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic(More)
A medium-sensitivity assay for C-reactive protein (CRP) was compared with a high-sensitivity, enhanced immunoturbidimetric assay in 803 angiographically studied patients. Different absolute CRP values were found by the assays, but there was a high correlation by quartile rank and similar predictive values for death and myocardial infarction. This suggests(More)
INTRODUCTION The incidence of cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) infections has risen rapidly since 2004. A commercially available minocycline and rifampin impregnated antibacterial envelope has been associated with a low CIED infection rate. We performed a retrospective cohort study analyzing CIED infection rates in patients receiving an(More)
BACKGROUND Whereas C-reactive protein (CRP) is a nonspecific marker of coronary artery disease (CAD) and cardiovascular (CV) events, Lp-PLA2 may be a nonvariable inflammatory biomarker. We evaluated the independent association of lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) to angiographic CAD and CV events adjusting for standard factors, lipids, and(More)
INTRODUCTION The FDA has issued class I advisories for Medtronic Sprint Fidelis(®) and St. Jude Medical Riata(TM) ICD lead families. Transvenous Riata(TM) ICD lead extraction is typically considered higher risk than Fidelis(®) extraction, based on longer duration from implant, presence of externalized conductors and lack of silicone backfill in the SVC and(More)