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ATS Medical Announces Initial Clinical Results of Stand-Alone Atrial Fibrillation Procedures Using ATS CryoMaze Product Line
Date:2/22/2008

Greater than 90% Success Rate at Six-Month Follow-up of 57 Patients

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ATS Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATSI), manufacturer and marketer of state-of-the-art cardiac surgery products, today announced initial clinical results of stand-alone ablation procedures and an overall expansion into the stand-alone market, using the ATS CryoMaze(TM) product line. This line of surgical products, indicated for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, is designed to replicate the original cut-and-sew Maze procedure (also known as Cox-Maze-III) by freezing lines in the heart to re-direct electrical impulses. The Maze procedure is a widely known surgical technique developed by Dr. James L. Cox in the 1980s to treat atrial fibrillation (AF) with a high rate of long-term success.

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Current stand-alone ATS CryoMaze experience

In Ft Lauderdale on January 27, Dr. Evelio Rodriguez of East Carolina University presented on six-month results of stand-alone AF ablations using ATS Medical cryoablation products. In the presentation, Dr. Rodriguez described the East Carolina University technique of performing a complete stand-alone Maze procedure using cryoablation and robotic technique. This technique is facilitated by the use of the da Vinci(R) Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical, Inc., (Nasdaq: ISRG) to manipulate the cryoablation probe in
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