This medical video looks into the new treatment of using magnetic surgery to help the heart.
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Jennifer Matthews: A conversation with former Navy man Scott Gillogly can seem like storytime. Five years ago, Scott had a new story to tell. Scott Gillogly: Felt like somebody shot me through the chest with a 30 odd 6. I hit the ground. I mean I was done. Jennifer Matthews: Scott had congestive heart failure. He needed a pacemaker, but the surgery would be complicated. Doctor Brian Olshansky offered him a solution. Dr. Brian Olshansky: We are now approaching a time when we can do much more sophisticated type procedures we never thought we could in the past. Jennifer Matthews: Implanting pacemakers and regulating heartbeats require guiding a wire through tight spaces and holding it in one precise spot. Each heartbeat makes that more challenging. Dr. Brian Olshansky: The stereotaxis system offers a possibility of placement of the catheter within millimeters of where we want it to be. Jennifer Matthews: As magnets, the size of small jet engines shift, they move the catheter's magnetic tip. The magnetic pull keeps it in place. Here's a standard catheter marking a circle inside the heart where treatment is needed, and here it is with magnets to guide it. Dr. Brian Olshansky: It offers an opportunity to revolutionize our field in many ways -- to make the procedures easier, safer, hopefully, and faster for patients. Scott Gillogly: Every day I have been out of the hospital, I have made it a point to do something to live that day to its fullest. Jennifer Matthews: Including buying himself a new car. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.