Answers to Common Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about atrial fibrillation.

What is Stereotaxis?

Premier Health’s Dr. Mark Krebs explains Stereotaxis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Catheter ablation is a procedure performed by electrophysiologists to treat and cure arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (A Fib). In this procedure, small tubes are guided through the veins from the insertion point in a patient’s groin (sometimes neck or arms) to specific locations on the heart. Conventionally, catheters are guided using X-rays. As Dr. Krebs explains, Stereotaxis is a magnetically driven robotic system used to for catheter ablation procedures.

Stereotaxis, Inc., the manufacturer of the system, explain the features and benefits of this advanced technology.

  • The softer catheters minimize the risk of damage to thin, fragile heart tissue.
  • The magnetic navigation procedure minimizes the patient’s exposure to radiation and allows the surgeon a greater level of precision.

The increased precision and accuracy of the Stereotaxis magnetic navigation system improves patient safety during the procedure. This advanced technology allows electrophysiologists to treat arrhythmias that may have been considered incurable just a few years ago.

To learn more about the Stereotaxis magnetic navigation system, talk with your health care provider.

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Source: Kevin Kravitz, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Mark E. Krebs, MD, Miami Valley Cardiologists; Abdul Wase, MD, The Premier Heart Associates; Sameh Khouzam, MD, Dayton Heart Center

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