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Vasomotor function and molecular responses following drug-eluting stent in a porcine coronary model

Saint Joseph's Translational Research Institute, Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, United States.
International journal of cardiology (Impact Factor: 6.18). 06/2012; 160(3):210-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.06.018
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