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  1. P Mathieu1,2,
  2. P Pibarot2,
  3. J-P Després2,3
  1. 1
    Laboratoire d’Études Moléculaires des Valvulopathies (LEMV), Groupe de Recherche en Valvulopathies (GRV), Quebec, Canada
  2. 2
    Hôpital Laval Research Center and Department of Medicine, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
  3. 3
    Division of Kinesiology, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
  1. Dr P Mathieu, Hôpital Laval, 2725 Chemin Ste-Foy, Quebec, Quebec, G1V-4G5 Canada; patrick.mathieu{at}chg.ulaval.ca

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