Author Contributions: Dr Peterson had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Mehta, Karve, Peterson.
Acquisition of data: Karve, Fonarow, Peterson.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Mehta, Liang, Hernandez, Rumsfeld, Fonarow, Peterson.
Drafting of the manuscript: Mehta, Karve.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Mehta, Liang, Karve, Hernandez, Rumsfeld, Fonarow, Peterson.
Statistical analysis: Liang, Hernandez.
Obtained funding: Hernandez, Fonarow, Peterson.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Karve, Hernandez.
Study supervision: Hernandez, Fonarow.
Financial Disclosures: Dr Hernandez reports receiving research support from GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson (Scios Inc), Medtronic, Novartis, and Roche Diagnostics; and honoraria from AstraZeneca, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, and Thoratec Corporation. Dr Peterson reports receiving research support from Schering Plough, BMS/Sanofi; and serving as the principal investigator for the American Heart Association's (AHA’s) Get With the Guidelines Analytical Center. Drs Hernandez and Peterson report detailed listings of financial disclosures at http://www.dcri.duke.edu/research/coi.jsp. Dr Rumsfeld reports receiving an honorarium for participating on the scientific research advisory board of United Healthcare. Dr Fonarow reports receiving research grants from GlaxoSmithKline, Medtronic, Merck, Pfizer, and the National Institutes of Health; consulting for AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Medtronic, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, and Schering Plough; receiving honoraria from AstraZeneca, Abbott, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Medtronic, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, and Schering Plough; and serving as chair of the AHA's Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee. Drs Mehta and Liang and Ms Karve report no disclosures.
Funding/Support: The Get With the Guidelines program is supported by the AHA in part through an unrestricted education grant from Merck-Schering Plough. Dr Hernandez reports receiving support from an American Heart Association Pharmaceutical Roundtable grant 0675060N. Dr Fonarow reports receiving support from the Elliot Corday (Los Angeles, California) and Ahmanson (Los Angeles, California) Foundations.
Role of the Sponsor: Merck and Schering Plough had no role in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript. The AHA provides Get With the Guidelines program management with a volunteer steering committee and AHA staff. The manuscript was submitted to the AHA for review and approval prior to submission. The Corday and Ahmanson Foundations had no role in the conduct or reporting of this study.
Disclaimer: Dr Peterson, a contributing editor for JAMA, was not involved in the editorial evaluation or editorial decision making regarding publication of this article.
Additional Contributions: Elizabeth E. S. Cook, BA, from the Duke Clinical Research Institute provided editorial assistance for this article. Ms Cook did not receive additional compensation for her work in association with this article.