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Health Care Issue

The problem we are looking at are strokes and the cure for them. The American Stroke Association defines a stroke as, "...a disease that affects the arteries leading and within the brain." This stops the flow of blood to the brain, thus possibly killing the neurons in the brain. According to Medical News Today, strokes kill one person every four minutes and around 800,000 people have a stroke each year. A stoke is a contraction of arteries providing blood to the brain.


tissue plasminogen activator, blood thinners, antihypertensive drug, ACE inhibitor, cartoid endartectomy, cardiac monitoring


tissue plasminogen Activase(R) breaks clots in blood vessels
warfarin prevents blood clots
Irbesaartan Avapro(R) lowers blood pressure
cartoid endartectomy hospitals surgically removes plaque in blood vessels
cardiac monitoring eCaring monitors heart rate at home or hospitals
ACE Inhibitor Prinivil relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure


tissue plasminogen 100 mg vial costs roughly around $6400
warfarin COUMADIN(R) risk of major bleeding
Irbesartan side effects include: lightheadedness, confusion, and diziness
cartoid endartectomy nerve damage
cardiac monitoring expensive and annoying sounds
ACE Inhibitor blistering and peeling are possible side effects

Customer Validation

According to, around 800,000 people have a stroke each year in the United States alone, making this medical emergency much more prevalent.

The medical device would be affordable, thus the insurance companies won't have to pay as much as they usually do for other devices.

According to WebMD, 18% out of 100,000 get to the hospital within sixty minutes before getting symptoms. It would provide an easier way for physicians to be alerted and save their patient because of the device's simplicity and affordability.

The medical device would be cheaper for hospitals to afford and allow better awareness for the people who have strokes.


This device would bought due to its possible life saving capabilities unlike before, when only 18% out of 100,000 would make it to the hospital in time.

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Non-invasive apparatus for detecting abnormal health condition WO 201365474 AI

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Fundability Worksheet Scores

2. This medical device hasn't been perfected so there is a lot of room to create within the market.

Customer Validation
3. Strokes are one of the top five causes of death, making it a scare tactic for people to purchase or be interested in the medical device.

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3. Our ultimate goal is to get strong patents because we believe that our device can help a lot of people in their time of need.