Posts tagged ‘Heart and Vascular’

New device offers option for atrial fibrillation patients

A new device and procedure now offered at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center may be an alternative to taking blood thinners for patients who have the most common form of atrial fibrillation – an irregular heart rhythm not caused by a heart valve problem.

Patients with atrial fibrillation often take blood thinners to reduce their risk of stroke. But blood thinners are not always tolerated long term due to increased bleeding risks with other medical conditions.    (more…)

April 20, 2016 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

Ongoing successful partnership between HVI and the I.O. Silver Foundation

I.O. Silver Foundation logoLarry Silver, M.D., could have spent the past 13 years of his retirement like many people do—relaxing, playing golf, traveling. But fortunately for regional heart patients, he has instead been a tireless advocate and community partner for the Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) through his work with the I.O. Silver Foundation.

“HVI is the biggest thing in my life now,” Silver says. “I never dreamed of retiring and when I did, I missed the feeling of being needed. The foundation fills a little part of that, plus I’m astounded by the advances the team makes in heart disease treatment.”

Established in 1996 following the death of Larry’s father, I.O., the foundation has a simple mission of supporting quality cardiac care in central Pennsylvania while honoring the life of its namesake. Through its partnership with HVI, including the proceeds of the 2012 event, the I.O. Silver Foundation has donated more than $1,000,000 toward clinical, educational, and research initiatives at Penn State Hershey. (more…)

October 10, 2012 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

When the doctor becomes the patient

Peter Alagona graphicThere are, of course, easier ways to bond with one’s patients. When asked what was a normal-appearing post-open heart surgery scar, many doctors would show the patient a photograph or do a simple visual assessment of the scar. But Peter Alagona, Jr., M.D., associate professor of medicine and radiology, Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute, on the other hand, lifted up his own shirt so they could compare their scars side-by-side. Like the patient, Alagona had earned his scar in 2009 during surgery to repair an acute aortic dissection, a sudden event for which he had no risk factors or warning. The fact that Alagona was even at Penn State Hershey Medical Center to have that surgery is a story in itself. (more…)

February 9, 2012 at 9:03 am Leave a comment


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