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ng approximately ten million people worldwide. As the U.S. population ages, it is likely that the incidence of AF will dramatically increase over the next several decades, with an estimated six percent of the current U.S. population over age 60, and ten percent of the population over age 80, affected by the condition. AF is a leading cause of stroke and when left untreated can significantly reduce quality of life and lead to stroke, heart failure and death.

Patients with AF today are generally treated with pharmaceutical drug regimens or surgery in more severe cases. Currently, no minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures have been approved by the FDA to treat AF, although an estimated 50,000 procedures will be performed this year. The currently available "tip catheter" approaches are based on a decade-old technology originally designed to treat irregular heart rhythms other than AF.

About Ablation Frontiers

Ablation Frontiers is an emerging, venture-backed medical device company based in Carlsbad, California. The company received $21.8 million Series C financing in June 2007, led by the Novartis Venture Fund, to drive clinical development and market expansion for their novel Cardiac Ablation System. Founded in 2004, the company is focused on developing and commercializing innovative products for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. In late 2006, Ablation Frontiers received the CE Mark to begin marketing in the European Union with its portfolio of anatomical-based catheters and a multi-channel RF generator. To learn more about the company, visit http://www.ablationfrontiers.com


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