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Canadian Journal of Cardiology

The Changing Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

  • Daniel G. Hackam
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author: Dr Daniel Hackam, Room B9-116A, London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital, 339 Windermere Rd, London, Ontario N6A 5A5, Canada. Tel.: +1-519-663-3340; fax: +1-519-663-3217.
    Affiliations
    Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Departments of Medicine, Clinical Neurological Sciences, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
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