Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Gates Vascular Institute (GVI)
875 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
1540 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Kaleida Health’s cardiac programs were built on innovation and a strong pioneering spirit. In 1948, the area’s first cardiac catheterization lab opened at Buffalo General. In 1958, the hospital performed the first open-heart surgery in Western New York.
Heart care was substantially improved due to the cardiovascular program. In 1963, double and triple valve replacements were performed. In 1964, coronary artery bypass surgery began.
The history of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital is also marked by many significant “firsts. ” It's most notable "first" was the successful implantation of a cardiac pacemaker into a human.
Today, the innovation continues. Kaleida Health hospitals routinely perform "first of their kind" procedures in the region. Some of these "firsts" include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), the WATCHMAN-a small implant put in the heart to reduce stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation, and cryoablation. Cryoablation freezes and disables the cells of the heart that cause irregular rhythm. Once performed, regular heart rhythm is restored and further episodes are prevented.
Many cardiac procedures are performed in a minimally invasive manner. This allows patients to recover faster with fewer scars, less pain and lower risk of infection.
Kaleida Health’s hospitals boast the best technology, experts in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions and injuries, and cardiac teams who provide patients with high quality, compassionate care.
To view all of our cardiovascular programs, please click here.