St Jude Medical announces FDA approval of EnSite Velocity Cardiac Mapping System

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St Jude Medical announced on 14 September 2009 FDA clearance and US launch of its EnSite Velocity Cardiac Mapping System. This new system has been designed to help physicians more efficiently diagnose and guide therapy to treat abnormal heart rhythms.

Advancements in the design of the EnSite Velocity System increase procedural efficiency and speed, making it easier to use from set-up and operation, to clinical application. With new hardware and software, the system offers simple set-up and connections, an intuitive software interface and includes two key new capabilities: the OneMap tool and RealReview function. The OneMap tool enables physicians to create a detailed cardiac model and electrical map together using multiple catheters and electrodes, allowing physicians to collect and display more relevant patient information in a shorter amount of time. The RealReview function provides real-time, side-by-side views of the live procedure and previously recorded portions of the procedure. This feature gives physicians a quick and easy comparison of events and results at different times throughout the procedure, without losing the ability to visualise and navigate catheters in real-time. The EnSite Velocity System is an open platform, which means that it is compatible with essentially all diagnostic and ablation catheters, recording systems and energy sources used for ablation procedures.


“We have been using the EnSite System for nearly ten years because of its ability to display and map electrical signals from multiple catheters and electrodes, and its convenience of being an open platform,” said Walid Saliba, Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, US. “The next-generation EnSite Velocity System also allows us to treat patients with any arrhythmia and navigate the heart with potential reduction in procedural time.”


The new EnSite Velocity System maintains the strengths and clinical utility of the EnSite System, while incorporating significant improvements into the design. The EnSite Velocity System also continues EnSite’s ability to reduce fluoroscopy exposure and is the only mapping system capable of supporting both contact and non-contact mapping, giving the EnSite Velocity System unmatched versatility in its ability to map any arrhythmia.


“This system has exceptionally detailed chamber models and clear electroanatomical maps,” said Javier Sanchez, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St David’s Medical Center in Austin, US. “Compared to other systems, I found the user interface to be very intuitive, quick and easy to learn.”


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