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Evidence for traditional Chinese medication to treat cardiovascular disease

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  1. The Key Laboratory of Cardiovascular Remodelling and Function Research, Chinese Ministry of Education and Chinese Ministry of Health, Qilu Hospital, Shandong University, 107 Wen Hua Xi Road, Jinan, Shandong 250012, China.

    • Pan-Pan Hao
    • , Fan Jiang
    • , Yu-Guo Chen
    • , Jianmin Yang
    • , Kai Zhang
    • , Ming-Xiang Zhang
    • , Cheng Zhang
    • , Yu-Xia Zhao
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