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Stereotaxis Highlights New Data on Acute Success in AFib Treatments With Niobe Magnetic Navigation System
Date:10/3/2007

93% Acute Success Rate for Catheter Ablation Procedures Performed with

Niobe Reported at European Society of Cardiology Congress

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Stereotaxis, Inc. (Nasdq: STXS) today highlighted a presentation by Xu Chen, M.D., of the Rigshospitalet at the University of Copenhagen, that reported a 93% acute success rate in patients treated for atrial fibrillation with the Niobe(R) magnetic navigation system. Dr. Chen presented the data at the recent European Society of Cardiology Congress (ESC) in Vienna.

Dr. Chen's presentation focused on his use of catheter ablation to treat 42 patients with atrial fibrillation. In all cases, Dr. Chen guided the catheters with the Niobe magnetic navigation system, controlled from his remote station adjacent to the procedure room. In 93% of these cases the pulmonary veins were fully isolated from the left atrium, eliminating the main cause of the arrhythmia.

On average, these 42 procedures lasted slightly less than 2 1/2 hours, which compares very favorably to manual procedures, and the patients averaged less than 10 minutes of x-ray exposure. Patients and physicians alike can commonly expect up to an hour of x-ray exposure during a manual procedure, according to published reports.

"We have performed more than 250 total cases with the Stereotaxis system," said Dr. Chen. "The ESC presentation was based on our first series of complex ablations and since then we have performed an additional 68 complex cases. We have had zero complications, and fluoro time in the last 50 cases has dropped to five minutes per procedure. Procedures with the Stereotaxis system are faster and far more precise than I could perform with my hands. We are incredibly happy with the system's performance."

Jeffrey Olgin, MD, Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of California, San Francisco, said, "UCSF is treating complex procedures on virtually a daily basis with the Ster
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