Your doctor may recommend an electrophysiology (EP) study to diagnose whether you have an irregular heartbeat. An EP study can pinpoint the source of your irregular heartbeat and identify the best treatment.
Electrophysiologists at Mercy Heart & Vascular Institute can now use the Sensei X Robotic-Assisted Cardiac Navigation system by Hansen Medical during complex cardiac procedures used to diagnose and treat patients suffering from cardiac arrhythmias.
How does it work? As a precursor to treating arrhythmia, physicians create an electrical road map of the heart to serve as a guide during treatment. This road map is created by placing a tiny, flexible catheter into a blood vessel and guiding it to the patient's heart. There, electrodes on each catheter measure the electrical signal traveling from one chamber to another and map any abnormalities. A cardiac ablation is one type of minimally invasive treatment for cardiac arrhythmias. During the procedure, cells that are causing the heart to beat irregularly are destroyed, using a catheter that the physician has placed and threaded through the patient's blood vessel.
In both mapping and ablation, the most important element is placing the catheter in the correct location within the heart. The Hansen Sensei X Robotic-Assisted system provides electrophysiologists with more precise control and more stability during the procedures. By using a handheld control, the physician guides the catheter, which is attached to a robotic arm with a tiny camera. Images of the heart are then displayed in 3-D, with data on the heart's electrical impulses displayed for the physician to see.
What are the benefits? The Hansen Sensei X Robotic-Assisted system offers many benefits to both the physician and the patient.
By electronically translating the physician's hand movements to the robotically-held catheter arm, the system provides more accurate position, manipulation and control of the catheter
Increased accuracy ensures only the appropriate amount of abnormal tissue is destroyed
Radiation exposure to the patient is reduced
Shorter procedure time means patients are sedated less
Ask your physician if you may be a candidate for catheter ablation using the Hansen Sensei X Robotic-Assisted Cardiac Navigation System.
The Hansen Sensei X was brought to Mercy General Hospital thanks to a generous gift from Wells Fargo - partnering with Mercy to improve the health of our community.