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The twists and turns inside the heart could rival the plot twists in any blockbuster Hollywood thriller. Which is why cardiac electrophysiologists at Rush University Medical Center are now using the Sensei Robotic Catheter system — to access areas that may otherwise be out of reach.

This new robotic system allows them to treat complex arrhythmias — electrical problems of the heart — with greater precision. For patients with complex arrhythmias that aren't responding to medication, the Sensei Robotic Catheter system provides a greater opportunity for a better quality of life.

The system integrates 3-D visualization with advanced control of catheters that allows physicians to maneuver into places in the heart that are difficult to reach by traditional methods.

"The robotic system enhances a doctor's natural ability to navigate the heart and provides a greater level of catheter stability, which we believe will contribute to better patient outcomes," says Kousik Krishnan, MD, director of the Arrhythmia Device Clinic at Rush.

The greater accuracy and stability help physicians target abnormal tissue and avoid healthy tissue and also reduce procedure times by 20 to 30 percent.

"You get more precise control of the catheter than you can get by hand," Krishnan says. "You can move the catheter millimeter by millimeter in the heart to the exact place you want it to go." 

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