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Bi-directional catheter targets European expansion

St Jude Medical : 09 May, 2007  (New Product)
St Jude Medical has received expanded European CE Mark approval to include the Therapy Cool Path irrigated ablation catheter with bi-directional steering for use in ablation procedures to treat abnormal heart rhythms.
The Catheter is the first open-irrigated ablation Catheter to provide bi-directional steering, a feature designed to help physicians manoeuvre the Catheter in difficult areas of the heart and perform complex ablations more efficiently.

'The main advantage of the bi-directional Catheter is its ease of use in reaching difficult anatomical locations', said Carlo Pappone, MD, PhD, FACC, director of the Arrhythmology Department at San Raffaele University Hospital in Milan.

'Because the Catheter requires less manipulation and provides for greater simplicity of navigation, my procedural time was improved by about 20 percent'.

'We are excited to offer physicians the first bi-directional, open-irrigated Catheter in the European market', said Peter Chen, president of Irvine Biomedical, a St Jude Medical Company.

'As the population ages, the demand for more effective treatment of cardiac arrhythmias will only increase'.

St Jude Medical also announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and release of the uni-directional Therapy Cool Path open-irrigated ablation Catheter for use in patients with type 1 atrial flutter.

With atrial flutter, the heart's upper chambers beat steadily faster than normal, often resulting in a feeling of lightheadedness.

Catheter ablation therapy is used by physicians to restore a normal heart rhythm in patients with cardiac arrhythmias.

During the procedure, an electrophysiologist uses a Catheter (a long narrow tube) to deliver radiofrequency energy to create lesions in specific areas of cardiac tissue.
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