GPS for Your Heart Video

In this medical video learn how the same GPS technology used to guide your car can now help make it easier for doctors to repair your heart.
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Jennifer Matthews: Ryan Moore was playing baseball when he first felt his heart racing. Ryan Moore: It felt like it was gonna' jump out of my chest. Jennifer Matthews: Ryan had Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition that made his heart beat at dangerously high levels. He needed a procedure called cardiac ablation to destroy the tiny fibers that cause the arrhythmia. Doctors place catheters in the heart to locate the abnormal tissue and deliver a shock. But Ryan's abnormality was deep within his heart, so doctors couldn't get to it with the standard approach. Dr. Warren Jackman used technology similar to a GPS device to map Ryan's heart and see exactly where the catheters needed to go. Dr. Warren Jackman: In a sense it's locating the position in space similar to how GPS works. Instead of taking the signals from a satellite, it took the signals from under the table. Jennifer Matthews: A robot guided the catheter on its own and corrected the exact problem spot that appeared on the map. The result for Ryan's family was nothing short of a miracle. Dr. Jackman says the new technique could be used to correct just about any type of arrhythmia in the future -- making the procedures more precise and safer. Dr. Warren Jackman: It should allow all physicians to get access to all of the areas. Jennifer Matthews: Two weeks after his procedure, Ryan is back to playing ball -- racking up stats on the field and making history with a promising technology. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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