Lege Artis Medicinae

[Danish verapamil infarction trial II]

MATOS Lajos1

MAY 25, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(05)

[To study whether treatment with verapamil, starting in the second week of infarction and continuing for 12-18 months, reduces all-cause mortality and the incidence of major coronary events (death, reinfarction).]

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