Holy Spirit News

Holy Spirit Hospital First Hospital in Central PA to Implant Cardiac Device

Posted: March 12th, 2014

Holy Spirit Hospital is one of the first medical facilities in the country and the first hospital in the Central Pennsylvania area to begin using a newly approved implantable cardiac monitoring device for patients. Medtronic’s Reveal Linq Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years. This device received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance in late February 2014.

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Holy Spirit Hospital Now Offers Cryoablation Services

Posted: January 18th, 2012

Safwat Gassis, MD, FACC, has joined Capital Cardiovascular Associates, a service of Holy Spirit Health System. Dr. Gassis is a cardiologist who offers the most advanced treatment options for heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation. He performed Pennsylvania’s first balloon cryoablation procedure to treat atrial fibrillation—the most common irregular heart rhythm—after its approval by the FDA in December 2010. The Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit currently is the only location in the greater Harrisburg area where this ablation technique is being performed. Dr. Gassis is among the most experienced electrophysiologists in the country using this ablation technique, an important factor shown to influence success rates.

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