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New Studies Support CardioFocus HeartLight™ Endoscopic Ablation System's Notable Treatment Results for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation
Date:5/9/2011

tes including freedom from strokes, PV stenosis or atrial esophageal fistulae.  

"A historical concern with catheter ablation therapy for paroxysmal AF is the inability to create durable lesions in a single procedure to adequately isolate the pulmonary veins," said lead investigator Vivek Y. Reddy, MD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. "This study demonstrates that a high rate of PV isolation can be reproducibly achieved across multiple sites with a visually-guided laser balloon catheter."

The remapping study, presented on May 4th and titled "Persistent Pulmonary Vein Isolation Using the Visually-Guided Laser Balloon: Results of a Multicenter PV Remapping Study," revealed that 86% of all PVs were persistently isolated at three months. The study included 56 paroxysmal AF patients who underwent initial ablation with the HeartLight catheter at three centers. After three months nearly all patients were remapped (52), regardless of symptoms, to determine the incidence of persistent PV isolation.

"This data is significant because diagnostic remapping in asymptomatic patients is rarely attempted. In this case, remapping has enabled us to clearly confirm quality outcomes, demonstrating that the visually-guided laser balloon catheter can achieve persistent, long-lasting PV isolation in paroxysmal AF patients," said lead investigator Srinivas R. Dukkipati, MD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

About CardioFocus, Inc.CardioFocus, Inc. is a medical device manufacturer dedicated to advancing ablation treatment for cardiac disorders such as atrial fibrillation (AF). Its novel HeartLight Ablation System incorporates a catheter containing both a micro-endoscope and light energy fibers to give physicians the capacity to see within the heart, and for the first time, visually direct the application of laser energy to achieve durable pulmonary vein isolation.

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