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Cardiovascular disease is responsible for over a third of all deaths in Erie County


All 8 Counties in WNY meet or exceed the state and national averages for heart attack death rates


For every 16 people who die of stroke in New York City, 50 die of stroke in Buffalo


Seven of the eight counties of WNY fall in the lowest third of all health outcomes across the 62 counties in NYS (County Health Rankings).

6 mi

As the JI resides in the heart of downtown Buffalo, it is located within six miles of the five zip codes in WNY where minority populations experience the worst health outcomes due to socioeconomic determinants.


These minority populations also have a 300% higher premature mortality rate than white populations who live outside these areas (Buffalo Center for Health Equity).


More specific to vascular disease, WNY has the highest rate of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the northeast region of the US and exceeds all NYS and national stroke death rates.


At Kaleida’s GVI, an average of 2,000 cardiac surgeries are conducted and 2,200 stroke patients are admitted annually. These values reflect totals at the GVI only.


As the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in the US, stroke is a pervasive and devastating cardiovascular disease.

2 Mil

In stroke cases, about two million brain cells die every second, and minutes could mean the difference between life and irreparable harm or death.

25 yrs

In the past 25 years, methods of treatment have undergone significant improvement with minimally invasive approaches that deliver improved outcomes for patients. However, present vascular technology is still in its infancy and requires major medical advancements to treat patients. Furthermore, +70% of groundbreaking ideas fail due to lack of resources and expertise.


Over the last five years, JI’s physicians and engineers have tested 95% of neurovascular devices developed, FDA approved, and commercialized for patients suffering from vascular disease.


Vascular disease represents the number one cause of death (heart attack) and the number one cause of long-term disability (stroke) in the US.


Since 2016, we have had approximately 8,000 viewers globally. In 2021, the JI also broadcasted model sessions conducted in the GVI catheterization labs through our AV system to our multipurpose training center and to a large international medical conference that garnered over 100,000 views.


We have broadcasted live cases to 89 different countries around the globe.

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  • Vascular disease on parity with the stroke belt down south.
  • Better treatment for stroke and heart attack are essential. Vascular disease can have real physical, economic, and social repercussions, such as extending the duration of intensive care and the length of in-hospital stay, increasing the need for home care, raising hospital costs, and majorly impacting quality of life.
  • With up to 40% mortality rates, innovative stroke treatment will ensure survival and enable patients to maintain their independence and freedom within the home and community (BJCVS, 2021). Additionally, it will help alleviate the caregiving burden on family members and loved ones that results from devastating stroke disabilities as well as the strain on the healthcare system for ongoing medical care and assistance.
  • Additionally, strokes related to cardiac procedures, specifically TAVR, are associated with more major cardiovascular incidents, less independence and days at home, and increased reliance on the healthcare system and families after one year. In creating a device that catches all the debris dislodged from the heart during these cardiac procedures, the JI is helping patients return from the hospital with an increased chance of a full and independent life.
  • As vascular disease is pervasive and devastating for aging populations, it is critical that we educate physicians, engineers, and industry in complex medical technology, endovascular techniques, and anatomy. By effectively training medical professionals on life-saving clinical procedures and devices, we ultimately prepare a new workforce of the future that will significantly reduce surgical risk to protect a patient’s life, independence, and freedom, allowing them to continue living the life of their choosing in their home and community.

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