When the heart beats fast or irregularly, it’s known as an arrhythmia. The symptoms of arrhythmia can be as simple as fatigue, or as dangerous as stroke. Fortunately, there is a state-of-the-art treatment available for the more than five million people in the U.S. that suffer from irregular heartbeat. It’s called radiofrequency catheter ablation.
Traditional treatment of arrhythmias isn’t easy. Common techniques require the precise placement of stiff catheters in hard-to-reach areas of the heart. This can be a challenging task, especially because the heart is a very delicate muscle. With its complex anatomy, the heart is sensitive to even the slightest touch.
There is a new technology that allows for safer movement of catheters in the heart to cure arrhythmias. It’s called Stereotaxis Robotic Ablation. With Stereotaxis Robotic Ablation technology, physicians can use softer, more flexible catheters that are gentler on the heart. And with the system’s computer-aided magnetic navigation, physicians can maneuver these catheters inside the heart with magnets from OUTSIDE the body. This minimally invasive approach makes it easier to access complex areas of the heart, and allows physicians to perform the procedure with less use of X-ray, decreasing the risk to the patient.
Potential benefits of the Stereotaxis Robotic Ablation System include:
- Less risk for patients with common or complex arrhythmias
- Less exposure to X-ray radiation
- Shorter procedure time
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
The specialists at St.Vincent Heart Center are using the Stereotaxis Robotic Ablation technology to provide better treatment for patients with arrhythmia. Talk to your doctor to find out if the Stereotaxis Robotic Ablation procedure is right for you. And visit Stereotaxis.com to learn more.