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Vol. 143 No. 1920 (2013)

“On-site” prevention and education to improve cardiac pre-competition screening in competitive amateur athletes

  • Rahel Schwotzer
  • Walter Kistler
  • Beat Villiger
  • Dagmar Keller
  • Thomas Wolber
  • Thomas Lüscher
  • Stefan Drechsel
  • Christian Schmied
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Swiss Med Wkly. 2013;143:w13785


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