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Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Study Shows Promising Single Ablation Procedure Outcomes With HeartLight EAS for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
Date:1/17/2012

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CardioFocus, Inc., developer of the HeartLight™ Endoscopic Ablation System (EAS) for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), announces that a new study in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology demonstrates the high acute and chronic success rates achievable with a single AF ablation procedure using HeartLight EAS. The study was conducted by Boris Schmidt, MD, and colleagues at Cardioangiologisches Centrum Bethanien, Frankfurt, Germany, and was published online in January 2012.

The HeartLight EAS is a catheter ablation system that incorporates, for the first time, an endoscope for direct visualization of a beating heart, in real-time and without radiation. It also includes a compliant, dynamically adjustable balloon catheter designed for improved contact with the pulmonary vein (PV) ostium (opening) irrespective of the individual patient anatomy, and utilizes laser energy for more efficient, durable and precise ablation treatment.

"Pulmonary vein isolation is a critical indicator of success in catheter ablation procedures for AF; however, this has traditionally been a very challenging and complex endeavor requiring an experienced operator, multiple ablation devices to account for varied patient anatomy, and even multiple transseptal punctures for access," said Dr. Schmidt. "In this study we set out to examine the feasibility of performing a streamlined, visually-guided ablation procedure and record best practices to achieve endpoints of acute and chronic success.  Our findings demonstrate that this unique approach to ablation may prove highly effective in treating AF patients."

In the study, "Visually Guided Sequential Pulmonary Vein Isolation: Insights into Techniques and Predictors of Acute Success," physicians performed ablation with a single HeartLight EAS and single transseptal puncture on 35 patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal or persistent AF. PV
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