Evolving patterns of ventricular tachycardia modifying our mapping techniques.

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Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Unit,Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy.

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Name: Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhyt
ISSN: 1532-2092
Pages: ii1-ii2


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