Medtronic announced the European launch of its Achieve Mapping Catheter, an intra-cardiac electrophysiology recording catheter that can be used to assess pulmonary vein isolation when treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The CE marked catheter is designed to be used with the Medtronic Arctic Front Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system, offering a more straightforward approach to the minimally invasive procedure.
“The Achieve Mapping Catheter provides valuable insight through real-time assessment of pulmonary vein isolation during cryoablation with the Arctic Front,” said Ellen Hoffmann, Klinikum Munchen-Bogenhausen, Germany.
The Achieve Mapping Catheter has a distal mapping section with a circular loop which is available in two loop diameters (15mm and 20mm). It is deployed through the Arctic Front guidewire lumen, allowing for a single transseptal puncture. The catheter features eight evenly spaced electrodes on a loop, enabling physicians to map electrical conduction between the left atrium and pulmonary veins. Additionally, the catheter allows for assessment of pulmonary vein potentials both before and after cryoablation and also helps physicians assess time-to-effect during cryoablation.
“The Achieve Mapping Catheter offers a significant enhancement to the Arctic Front system – presenting physicians with a simplified approach to pulmonary vein isolation,” said Reggie Groves, vice president and general manager of Medtronic’s AF Solutions division.
The Achieve Mapping Catheter is not yet available for sale in the United States.
About the Arctic Front Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system
The Arctic Front Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system is designed to be used with fluoroscopy and does not require the use of complex, three-dimensional mapping systems. The technologies currently offered in the system include:
- The Arctic Front Cryoballoon, which inflates and fills with coolant to ablate the tissue where the pulmonary veins enter the left atrium
- The FlexCath Steerable Sheath, which helps deliver and position the cryocatheter in the left atrium
- The Freezor MAX Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter, which is a single-point catheter used to provide additional ablations, as needed
- The CryoConsole, which houses the coolant, electrical and mechanical components that run the catheters during a cryoablation procedure.