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Heart Treatments

London Bridge Hospital alongside

The Harley Street Clinic andThe

Wellington Hospital, embarked on a

new campaign to raise awareness of

their Arrhythmia Centres with the

help of communications agency, Hill

and Knowlton.

The initiative aimed to place arrhythmia

high on the public health agenda and also

highlighted the pioneering work carried

out by the specialist consultants and nurses

at these Centres of Excellence.

Arrhythmias are very common and can

affect up to 2 million people in the UK.

They are consistently in the top ten

reasons for hospital admissions; that’s

a minimum of about 1 in 85 members

of the UK population.

Symptoms of arrhythmia can have a

profound impact on quality of life, but it

is a relatively simple condition to diagnose

and treat.The three London Arrhythmia

Centres are all fully equipped with

the latest surgical technology and are

committed to providing excellent patient

care.World-class cardiologists carry out

many minor surgical procedures that

provide long-lasting cures and improved

quality of life for arrhythmia patients.

An important aspect of the campaign was

to bring together GPs and cardiologists

to ensure that arrhythmia patients

experience a seamless journey from

referral through to aftercare. A key aim

of the programme was to share best

practice management of arrhythmia to

improve the lives of the estimated 50,000

people in the London and Greater London

area that are affected by the condition.

London Arrhythmia

Network Campaign

The New Sensei

Hansen

Robot for AF Ablation

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Hansen work station with control centre, controlling AF Ablation

London Bridge Hospital has

become the first private hospital

in the UK to install the new

Hansen Robot for complex radio

frequency ablation procedures to

treat abnormal heart rhythms.

Atrial Fibrillation (AF), a complex

abnormal heart rhythm, currently

affects one per cent of the population

but becomes more common as people

get older. It is caused by abnormal

electrical impulses in the heart veins,

triggering irregular rhythm in the

atrium of the heart which prevents

normal blood circulation. In some

cases, the condition can be treated

by medication, however, medication is

not guaranteed to relieve or prevent

the symptoms, some of which include

heart failure.

The Hansen Robot, created by the

same company that produced the Da

Vinci Robot, is used for increasingly

complex percutaneous surgery and

enables cardiologists to position

ablation probes in the heart and in

adjacent blood vessels with the use

of a joystick and a number of high

definition monitors.

Once a catheter tube is inserted

through a vein in the groin and into

the heart, the cardiologist moves to

the robot which is capable of finer

movement than the human hand. Dr

Richard Schilling, one of the country’s

leading authorities on the treatment

of arrhythmia, said the robot gives a

greater range of flexibility and reach

inside the heart.“With the benefit

of 3D navigation, the Hansen Robot

is a very useful tool in treating

arrhythmia,” he said.

The Hansen Robot not only allows

greater precision, it also reduces the

exposure to X-rays for both patients

and staff. These benefits will lead to a

parallel improvement in the success of

this procedure – the indications so far

have been very positive.

The half million pound robot

will initially be operated by three

consultant cardiologists:

Dr Richard Schilling

Dr Simon Sporton

Dr Mark Earley.

The London AF Centre at

London Bridge Hospital can

be contacted on:

020 7234 2497

For further details, visit the

London AF Centre website:

www.londonafcentre.co.uk

For further information, please visit

www.londonarrhythmianetwork.co.uk