We investigated the MCP-1 -2518 (A/G) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in Slovak cohort of patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD). Our study comprised 270 patients with IHD, out of them 92 with myocardial infarction (MI). We found that the frequencies of the mutant GG genotype in Slovak patients with IHD (10.7%; p=0.019) and MI (12.0%; p=0.046) were significantly higher than those in the control subjects (5.8%). After subdividing the groups according to the sex, statistically significant difference was found only in men (IHD: p=0.013, MI: p=0.009). We also found a higher rate of GG homozygous genotype in patients with early (< or =50 years of age) MI (18.4%; p=0.004)--statistically significant again only in men (23.1%; p=0.002). The frequencies of G alleles in IHD male patients (30.3%, p=0.046) and in early MI male patients (38.5%, p=0.019) were also statistically significantly higher than in control group. Our results confirm that IHD and MI are linked to MCP-1 -2518 (A/G) single nucleotide polymorphism (Tab. 4, Ref. 34). Full Text (Free, PDF) www.bmj.sk.