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Medtronic Strengthens Hand in Ablation Market with CryoCath Acquisition

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Competitors in the cardiac rhythm management space are drawing new battlelines in the area of atrial ablation. Medtronic's acquisition of CryoCath pits it against historical rivals St. Jude and Boston Scientific.

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