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ATS Medical Announces First 'Frontiers in Cryoablation' Symposium
Date:4/30/2008

. The Symposium will be conducted on Sunday, May 11 at 7:00 pm.

"The Frontiers in Cryoablation Series will provide a forum for presenting the current capabilities of surgical cryoablation and allow physicians to collaborate on the future of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. I am excited about the opportunity to expand the application of cryoablation using minimal access and stand-alone procedures to maximize the benefit for surgeons and their patients," stated Dr. James Cox, Medical Director for ATS Medical.

The treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) is believed to be the largest untapped opportunity in medical devices with an estimated multi-billion dollar market potential. In contrast, the current surgical market size is estimated at $121 million in 2007. Based on initial clinical results, management believes that only ATS has the technology -- the ATS CryoMaze Surgical Ablation System -- proven to yield clinical results similar to the conventional cut-and-sew Cox Maze III procedure, but with an approach involving small incisions. As such, the surgical AF business is expected to be a key growth opportunity for ATS in 2008 and beyond.

About ATS Medical

ATS Medical, Inc. provides innovative products and services focused on cardiac surgery. The Company, global in scope, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More than 145,000 ATS Open Pivot(R) Heart Valves, which utilize a unique pivot design resulting in exceptional performance and low risk profile, have been implanted in patients worldwide. The ATS 3f(R) brand encompasses multiple tissue heart valve product offerings at varying steps from market introductions to clinical trials to development projects that incorporate less invasive valve replacement technology. ATS Medical's focus on serving the cardiac surgery community is further strengthened by offerings that include ATS Simulus(R) annuloplasty products for heart valve repair and ATS CryoMaze(
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