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The AtriCure Minimally Invasive Platform Highlighted by Prominent Cardiac Surgeons and Electrophysiologists at Cardiostim in Nice, France
Date:6/20/2008

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AtriCure, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATRC), a medical device company and a leader in cardiac surgical ablation systems, today announced that its minimally invasive platform was highlighted during Cardiostim, a world congress in cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac techniques. On June 18, Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen, Vice Chairman of Cardiology and Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at the Medical College of Virginia, chaired a symposium entitled "The Epicardial Frontier: Minimally Invasive Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation."

The session focused on the current indications and investigation of the AtriCure minimally invasive platform as a treatment alternative for atrial fibrillation, or AF. Dr. Vigneshwar Kasirajan, a leading cardiothoracic surgeon and colleague of Dr. Ellenbogen, presented their patient selection criteria and patient results. Dr. Wim Jan van Boven, a leading European cardiothoracic surgeon, presented his experience utilizing the AtriCure minimally invasive platform to perform 125 totally thoracoscopic ablation procedures. In this impressive totally thoracoscopic series, the procedure times reported were routinely 60 minutes and patients were discharged from the hospital in two days or less. Additionally, Dr. Warren Jackman, a pioneer in arrhythmia research, presented the importance of electrophysiology mapping during surgical ablation and the expanding role of this minimally invasive platform as a treatment alternative for chronic AF patients.

"There is a growing interest in this minimally invasive approach within the electrophysiology community as a treatment alternative for a subset of patients that are generally not candidates for catheter ablatio
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