Pathophysiology and Treatment of Ventricular Arrhythmias in 2017
As presented on May 12, 2017 at the Heart Rhythm 2017 in Chicago, IL
Wendy S. Tzou, MD, FHRS
University of Colorado
Gregory E. Supple, MD, FHRS
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Cory M. Tschabrunn, CEPS
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Erin E. Flatley, BSN, MSN - None
Erica S. Zado, PA-C, FHRS - None
Cory M. Tschabrunn, CEPS
Boston Scientific Corp.; Biosense Webster, Inc.
Wendy S. Tzou, MD, FHRS
Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Biosense Webster, Inc.
Gregory E. Supple, MD, FHRS
St. Jude Medical, Biotronik, Biosense Webster, Inc., Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., Zoll Medical Corporation.
Chloe Thomas – None
Russell Werlinich, CMP - None
This enduring material supported in part by Biosense Webster.
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