"When we combine everything we have a very good predictive value, which is around 80 percent," said study co-first author, Dr. Jean-Sebastien Hulot, director of Pharmacogenomics & Personalized Therapeutics of the Cardiovascular Research Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
But while the clinical variables are easy enough to assess, genetic information is not so easy to come by, at least not yet. Right now, results of genetic tests take about a week to come back.
"It would make sense to have the results in a couple of hours and some companies are developing this kind of testing," Hulot said. "In the near future we can have the results in hours. The markers aren't valuable right now but they will be in the near future."
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more on stents.
SOURCES: John Gassler, M.D., associate professor of medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.; Jean-Sebastien Hulot, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and director, Pharmacogenomics & Personalized Therapeutics, Cardiovascular Research Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; Oct. 26, 2011, Journal of the American Medical Association
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