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Gibbons RJ, Balady GJ, Bricker JT, et al. ACC/AHA 2002 guideline update for exercise testing: summary article. A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines (Committee to Update the 1997 Exercise Testing Guidelines)

Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Impact Factor: 15.34). 11/2002; 40(8):1531-40. DOI: 10.1161/01.CIR.0000034670.06526.15
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