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CAMP HILL, Pa.Geisinger Holy Spirit now offers intravascular lithotripsy for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). 

PAD affects nearly nine million people in the United States. In patients with PAD, blockages prevent blood flow to the legs and feet, causing significant pain and limited mobility, and may lead to surgery or even amputation in severe cases. 

Intravascular lithotripsy uses sonic pressure waves to break up hard calcified plaque in the peripheral arteries and restore blood flow. The therapy uses a minimally invasive approach that has been used by physicians for decades to treat kidney stones, which are also made up of calcium. Geisinger Holy Spirit is one of the first hospitals in central Pennsylvania to offer this therapy for PAD.

“We live in fortunate times when innovation has made treatment of difficult cardiovascular diseases possible,” said Rajesh Dave, M.D., chair of Geisinger Holy Spirit’s cardiovascular institute. “Our goal at Geisinger Holy Spirit is to bring the best and the latest treatment options to communities in central Pennsylvania. With this new treatment we will continue our battle against peripheral artery disease and prevent amputation."

Geisinger Holy Spirit Cardiology offers comprehensive cardiovascular care in five locations: Camp Hill, Carlisle, Duncannon, Harrisburg and Newport. To make an appointment, call 717-724-6450.
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