UB, Niagara University, Heart Center of Niagara Collaboration Makes Progress in Project Aimed at Tackling Heart Disease in WNY

By Lois Baker

Release Date: June 26, 2009

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A collaboration involving physicians, researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students from three prominent regional institutions is intent on improving heart health in Western New York, an area with a heart disease death rate that is twice the national average.

The collaboration, which took shape in 2005, involves the University at Buffalo, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Niagara University (NU) ,and converges at The Heart Center of Niagara (HCON), part of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in Niagara County, where rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality from the disease are the greatest in the five-county region.

As their first goal, the parties in this venture established a joint research program to evaluate non-invasive cardiac imaging methods for identifying, tracking and stratifying risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in the population.

Since the collaboration began, information for more than 4,000 patients has been gathered at the HCON to evaluate the e