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Stereotaxis3-D Electrophysiologic Mapping

1. What is Stereotaxis?
Stereotaxis is a remote magnetic navigation system that can increase safety and reduce risks during catheter ablations.

2. How does it work?
Catheter ablations using Stereotaxis are minimally invasive procedures performed in the catheterization lab. Two large magnets will be placed on either side of your body. After local anesthetic is applied, a thin, soft-coated wire or catheter is inserted into a vein or artery in the groin, neck, shoulder or arm. The catheter is designed to deliver the exact type of treatment necessary to correct your abnormal heartbeat. Stereotaxis software maps out a path from the artery to the exact heart tissue to be treated. The two magnets guide the catheter along that path to reach its destination.

When the exact location is found, the catheter is activated and delivers an energy source, such as radiofrequency waves (radiofrequency ablation) or extreme cold (cryoablation), to the problem cells, while the rest of the heart muscle is unharmed.

3. What are the advantages of this technology?
Using magnet navigation, doctors can target the precise heart tissue causing your abnormal heartbeat. Other advantages are:

  • Shorter procedures
  • Faster recovery times
  • Less exposure to X-ray radiation
  • Less risk of damaging arteries or heart muscle

4. Will my insurance cover this?
Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.

5. Who should I contact with questions about Stereotaxis?
Feel free to consult your doctor.

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