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March 2012

March 2012

Region’s First Total Artificial Heart Implantation

Cardiothoracic surgeons at Allegheny General Hospital have become the first in western Pennsylvania and among an elite group in the world to replace a failing human heart with the latest-generation total artificial heart implant, introducing a new, life-sustaining treatment option for the most critically ill patients with end-stage heart failure. Read More...

Innovative Diagnostic Test for Lupus

A new blood test designed by physicians and scientists from West Penn Allegheny Health System to help clinicians diagnose lupus with greater ease and accuracy is now commercially available across the United States.

The Avise-SLE test uses one blood sample from a patient to check for five distinct biomarkers that help to rule-in the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus while ruling out other rheumatic diseases. Read More...

New Treatment for Ventricular Tachycardia

Heart specialists at Allegheny General Hospital have joined a select group of physicians nationwide who offer a new, minimally invasive therapy called epicardial ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation.

One of the leading causes of sudden cardiac death, VT is an abnormal, rapid heart rhythm that starts in the heart’s ventricles and is caused by tissue that disrupts the heart’s electrical system. The condition makes the heart considerably less efficient, and without treatment it can lead to heart failure and cardiac arrest. Read More...

Allegheny Valley Hospital Quality Achievement Award

Allegheny Valley Hospital (AVH) has received the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) just six months into the program. The recognition from the American Heart Association signifies that AVH has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients for at least 90 days with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the association and the American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients. Read More...

New Stereotactic Biopsy Technology at Forbes

Forbes Regional Hospital is now offering women in the eastern suburbs access to direct digital stereotactic breast biopsy services, an advanced, non-surgical way to obtain a sample of a breast abnormality, to determine if it is cancerous. Read More...