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Presentations From Recent Heart Rhythm Society Meeting Validate the Safety and Efficacy of Ablation Frontiers Technology in 230 Patients
Date:5/23/2008

Novel Catheter Ablation System also delivers remarkably shorter procedure

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CARLSBAD, Calif., May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Ablation Frontiers, Inc. today announced that four presentations at the Heart Rhythm Society's 2008 Scientific Sessions reported positive early results using its novel Catheter Ablation System, and that these findings aligned well with each other and supported previous experience from the field.

The company's innovative multi-electrode mapping and ablation catheters used in conjunction with its duty-cycled radiofrequency (RF) generator were the subject of four presentations (AB9-3, AB9-5, PO5-17, and PO6-32). Three of these reports examined early outcomes using the advanced ablation system to treat atrial fibrillation (AF) patients in commercial procedures throughout Europe, while the fourth presentation focused on the feasibility phase for a US-based clinical study.

"In more than 1,000 commercial cases in Europe our technology has been very safe, highly effective and reduced procedures to well under 2 hours. Our commercial experiences are nicely substantiated by the four presentations given at HRS," stated Keegan Harper, CEO of Ablation Frontiers, Inc. "The results presented also align well with each other, with a total of 230 patients showing no adverse events, approximately 80 percent efficacy, and average procedure times ranging from 85 to 129 minutes."

The largest study included 132 patients with paroxysmal AF and was presented by Dr. Lam Dang of the Klinik Im Park in Zurich, Switzerland. He reported a procedure time of 129 +/- 36 minutes with no device-related complications. At the time of presentation, 80 percent of patients with 6 month follow-up were free from AF and had discontinued drug therapy.

Dr. Lucas Boersma of St Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands presented two abstracts that studied 85 patients with paroxysmal AF who were treated with the Ab
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