Sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease: an American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research Professional Education Committee, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Stroke Council, and Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Impact Factor: 15.34). 09/2008; 52(8):686-717. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2008.05.002
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