• A Cardiac Ablation System With Visual Guidance • MedicalExpo e-Magazine
    The Smart Magazine About Medical Technology Innovations

    #17 - New Trends in Cardiology

    A Cardiac Ablation System With Visual Guidance

    The HeartLight system (Courtesy of CardioFocus)

    The U.S. company CardioFocus just won approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its HeartLight endoscopic cardiac ablation system for treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

    The HeartLight consists of a balloon catheter, a deflectable sheath introducer, an endoscope and an integrated console. The main advantage is that it provides direct visual observation of the area where tissue is to be removed. It differs from other solutions that rely on x-ray or mapping support by allowing the physician to deliver therapeutic laser energy under direct visual observation, a first.

    Results from a trial on 353 participants showed that after a single ablation procedure using the HeartLight, the majority of patients were free of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation at 12 months.

    About the Author

    Celia Sampol is a journalist with 13 years of experience in Paris, Brussels and Washington. She's now the editor-in-chief of MedicalExpo e-magazine.

    Related Posts

    MedicalExpo’s i-NOVO Design award nominees included the degree° wearable thermometer for children...

    This year’s MEDICA conference featured a range of innovative products. Among them, Prima’s Floome...

    Featured at MEDICA, ECM’s EXAPad portable veterinary ultrasound unit also snagged a nomination for...

    Style Switcher

    Highlight Color:




    You can also set your own colors or background from the Admin Panel.