Accepted for Publication: April 24, 2012.
Published Online: July 2, 2012. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.2449
Author Contributions:Study concept and design: Pattakos, Koch, Brizzio, Blackstone, and Lauer. Acquisition of data: Pattakos, Koch, Brizzio, and Blackstone. Analysis and interpretation of data: Pattakos, Koch, Brizzio, Batizy, Sabik, Blackstone, and Lauer. Drafting of the manuscript: Pattakos, Koch, Brizzio, Blackstone, and Lauer. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Pattakos, Koch, Batizy, Sabik, Blackstone, and Lauer. Statistical analysis: Pattakos, Batizy, and Blackstone. Administrative, technical, and material support: Pattakos, Koch, and Blackstone. Study supervision: Brizzio, Sabik, and Blackstone.
Financial Disclosure: None reported.
Funding/Support: This study was supported in part by the Kenneth Gee and Paula Shaw, PhD, Chair in Heart Research, held by Dr Blackstone. Dr Pattakos is a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Clinical Research Scholar of the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network, and his master of science in clinical research has been funded by grant 1U01HL088955-01 from the National Institutes of Health.