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EuroPACE Highlights: AF Cath Ablation Interest Heats Up

Executive Summary

Catheter ablation dominated the biannual EuroPACE meeting held in Lisbon at the end of June. In addition to the range of manual catheter ablation systems, remote catheter navigation and mapping also attracted large audiences.

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