The Therapy Cool Path is the company's first irrigated ablation catheter
ST. PAUL, Minn., Jun 24, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company,
today announced Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
approval and reimbursement approval of its Therapy(TM) Cool Path(TM) Ablation
Catheter. This marks the company's first entry into the irrigated
catheter ablation market in Japan.
Cardiac ablation catheters are used to help treat cardiac arrhythmias,
which are irregular heartbeats that impair the heart's ability to
effectively pump blood to the body. The Therapy Cool Path Ablation
Catheter is a thin, flexible tube that delivers radiofrequency (RF)
energy to specific areas of cardiac tissue in order to create lesions,
or tiny scars, that interrupt the abnormal electrical signals that
contribute to irregular heart rhythms.
Irrigated catheters, such as the Therapy Cool Path, are designed to cool
the ablation electrode with the intent of reducing some of the risk
factors associated with the heat of the RF energy, such as blood
coagulation and charring as the amount of energy required to create an
effective cardiac lesion must be carefully balanced against tissue
temperature. Additionally, irrigation is designed to allow for the
creation of larger and deeper lesions, because the saline fluid from the
catheter helps to cool the catheter tip and tissue. The larger and
deeper legions help to stop the arrhythmia at its source, which can be
deep within the heart muscle by treating the area causing the abnormal
"I believe that catheter ablation is an essential therapy to treat any
cardiac arrhythmia. In my experience, the Cool Path ablation system has
a unique irrigation function that helps control the temperature, which
remarkably improves the effectiveness and safety of ablation and I
believe will expand the application of ablation therapy," said Yoshito
Iesaka, MD, Deputy Director, Tsuchiura Kyodo General Hospital.
"With research continuing to demonstrate that ablation is safe and
effective therapy for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, we are
pleased to offer advanced ablation technology to the Japanese market,"
said Jane J. Song, president of the St. Jude Medical Atrial Fibrillation
Division. "The Therapy Cool Path ablation catheter is the first of many
product and technology launches that will put more control in the hands
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