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What touches your heart? With Stereotaxis, very little.
The Stereotaxis GentleTouch™Magnetic System
A gentler way to touch your heart
Your heart is a surprisingly delicate muscle. Made up of a network of arteries, veins and capillaries, its thin walls can be damaged by the slightest touch.
Doctors can now perform remotely controlled, image-guided computerized heart procedures.
The Stereotaxis GentleTouch™Magnetic System allows our doctors to touch hearts more gently than ever before. This system's innovative technology uses computer-controlled magnets - which are positioned outside the body - to programmatically steer catheters and guidewires throughout the delicate cardiovascular system. With the computer to assist in precise navigation, the doctor is then able to focus on the patient and the outcome rather than the mechanics of the procedure.
Stereotaxis is used for a number of heart diseases including:
- Arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, as well as supraventricular tachycardias,
- Heart failure, with interventional procedures such as cardiac resynchronization therapy, and
- Coronary Artery Disease, with procedures designed to reopen blocked arteries in coronary vessels with partial or total occlusion.
Hearts feel the benefits of Stereotaxis' GentleTouch™ technology
By combining the benefits of precise, computer-aided magnetic guidance with gentle catheter contact, we can now navigate and touch hearts in a softer, more accurate way than ever before. The potential benefit to patients include:
Now, catheters move weightlessly and precisely through even remote areas of the heart guided by our magnetic system.
The Stereotaxis Lab at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
- Shorter procedures,
- Faster recovery time,
- less exposure to X-ray radiation,
- Less risk of serious complications from damaging blood vessels or heart tissue, and
- Less likelihood of referral to more invasive open-heart surgical procedures.
Stereotaxis technology offers an innovation in cardiovascular care. It allows us to reach remote areas of the heart that have been difficult, if not impossible, to access before. In some cases, we can now care for patients who would otherwise be referred to more invasive coronary artery bypass surgery. And, with this system, we now have the potential to help patients suffering from irregular heartbeats who would otherwise have to rely on drug therapy alone, which may only partly address their symptoms.