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Allegheny General Adds New Stroke Specialist to Comprehensive Stroke Center

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Allegheny General Hospital announced today that Hebah Hefzy, MD has joined the Hospital’s Department of Neurology and Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Dr. Hefzy joins the Center’s two full-time stroke trained neurologists, Dr. Ashis Tayal and Dr. David Wright, who provide highly-specialized treatment around the clock for patients suffering stroke.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is restricted and requires urgent early response to decrease the loss of brain tissue. National research has shown that patients treated by neurologists with intensive training in stroke care at Joint Commission-certified stroke centers like Allegheny General’s receive the most sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic treatments more quickly and with better results than those treated elsewhere.

“Allegheny General Hospital has a history of excellence in stroke care and strives to continually build upon that foundation,” said Ashis Tayal, MD, Medical Director of AGH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. “Dr. Hefzy’s expertise will enable us to offer the superior quality care that AGH is known for.”

Dr. Hefzy specializes in acute stroke management and is involved in research to define the relationship between imaging methods and stroke outcomes as well as the connection between caffeine and cerebrovascular disease.

Dr. Hefzy earned her medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She completed internal medicine and neurology residencies at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in vascular neurology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where she was an Outstanding Fellow nominee. She is board certified in psychiatry and neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and American Heart Association.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

AGH has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission since 2006 and opened the region’s first dedicated inpatient Stroke Unit that centralizes and coordinates the care of stroke patients by the hospital’s multidisciplinary stroke team in 2007. Though still the only facility of its kind in the region, such inpatient programs have been associated with better patient outcomes and are now a Class I Recommendation for comprehensive stroke centers by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

Allegheny General Hospital received the 2009 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Allegheny General’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

Recently, the hospital was also named as a Stroke Center of Excellence in a national survey conducted by Chicago-based healthcare think tank, NeuStrategy.

More than 1,100 stroke and transient ischemic attack patients are admitted to AGH annually.

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