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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v11.i34.40
13 pages

The Influence of Design on Bioprosthetic Valve Durability

I. Vesely
The Department of Biomedical Engineering/ND20, The Lerner Research Institute, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195

ABSTRACT

Bioprosthetic heart valves have evolved over the years into remarkably useful and predictable devices. A number of specific designs have come and gone, and a few have remained. Many design changes were successful and many were not. This article describes the successes and failures of the various bioprosthetic valve designs and details the specific reasons why a particular design change succeeded or failed to improve bioprosthetic valve performance.