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Studies of an Innovative Catheter Ablation System for Atrial Fibrillation Reveal Excellent Outcomes, Safety Profile and Fast Procedure Times
Date:6/24/2008

Presentations at Cardiostim World Congress Focus Attention on a New

Ablation Technology

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Ablation Frontiers, Inc. today announced that two studies reporting positive findings about its novel atrial fibrillation catheter ablation system were presented at this year's Cardiostim World Congress, a premier meeting for physicians that treat cardiac rhythm disorders.

Dr. Stefan Weber of the University Clinic at Regensburg, Germany, presented results of a study of 12 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Using the company's PVAC(TM) (Pulmonary Vein Ablation Catheter) and GENius(TM) RF generator, Dr. Weber reported success in isolating 98 percent of pulmonary veins with a remarkably short average ablation time of 84 +/- 9 minutes. The total time of radiofrequency (RF) energy needed to successfully isolate the pulmonary veins was 22.4 +/- 2.9 minutes.

"We found that mapping and ablation of the pulmonary veins using a single catheter, without 3D navigation or robotic steering, could be performed safely and effectively with short procedure times," stated Dr. Weber. "Thus, this system may be of high interest for all centers who would like to increase throughput for AF ablation."

The second study, led by Dr. Christoph Scharf and presented by Dr. Lam Dang of Klinik Im Park Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, utilized the same novel catheter ablation technology in a total of 45 patients with long standing persistent AF. This study utilized two additional catheters from Ablation Frontiers, MASC(TM) (Multi-Array Septal Catheter) and MAAC(TM) (Multi-Array Ablation Catheter) designed to find and ablate specific ablation targets called CFAEs (Complex Fractionated Atrial Electrograms). Six month follow up data was presented for 37 patients, with 78 percent free of AF after an average procedure time of 162 +/- 36 minutes. Dr Scharf noted the particularly low re-do procedure
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