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(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2003/0079753 Al
Vaska et al. (43) Pub. Date: May 1,2003
(54) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY OF ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL DISEASE
(75) Inventors: Matthias Vaska, Palo Alto, CA (US);
Benjamin Pless, Atherton, CA (US);
David A. Gallup, Hayward, CA (US);
Jack E. Ulstad JR., Boulder Creek, CA
(US); Scott C. Anderson, Sunnyvale,
CA (US); Roxanne L. Richman, Los
Gatos, CA (US)
HOEKENDIJK & LYNCH, LLP
P.O. BOX 4787
BURLINGAME, CA 94011-4787 (US) (73) Assignee: EPICOR, INC.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/232,963
(22) Filed: Aug. 30, 2002
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(51) Int. CI.7 A61B 19/00
(52) U.S. CI 128/898; 606/41
The invention provides apparatus and methods for mapping conduction pathways and creating lesions in the heart wall for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. The apparatus may include at least one epicardial ablation probe having a plurality of electrodes for creating a lesion. The apparatus and method facilitate the formation of a lesion which electrically isolates the pulmonary veins from the surrounding myocardium.