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AtriCure Begins Enrollment of Atrial Fibrillation Study

Dec. 18, 2015

AtriCure has enrolled the first patient in its CEASE AF clinical study, which will compare the results of a combined epicardial surgical plus endocardial catheter technique versus a standard endocardial catheter ablation technique for patients with persistent or long-standing atrial fibrillation.

The study — which will cover more than 200 patients — is intended to demonstrate additional evidence for a combined surgical plus catheter ablation approach as a therapy for the stand-alone treatment atrial fibrillation.

Recent studies have indicated that hybrid ablation has higher success rates without the need for further interventions, according to AtriCure. — Michael Cipriano