Atrial fibrillation (AF) is of profound public health importance and is largely a disease of aging and is responsible for increased morbidity- and mortality-related healthcare expenditures. Catheter ablation to isolate the pulmonary veins has become the therapy of choice for treatment of drug-refractory AF. Procedures can be very challenging and multiple difficulties must be overcome in order to achieve a successful outcome. The magnetic navigation system (MNS) has advantages in catheter maneuverability, stability and reproducibility. Due to the catheter design safety and efficacy of AF, ablation has increased. New developments are being made to allow fully remote ablation procedures in combination with the MNS. However, new technologies are still necessary to improve MNS ablation for AF.

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Expert Review of Medical Devices
Department of Cardiology

Szili-Török, T., & Akca, F. (2012). Remote magnetic navigation in atrial fibrillation. Expert Review of Medical Devices (Vol. 9, pp. 249–255). doi:10.1586/erd.12.11