Biological valves: is durability really the bottle neck?

Takkenberg, Johanna J. M.
November 2010
Heart;Nov2010, Vol. 96 Issue 21, p1691
Academic Journal
The author claims that the ideal valve substitute to replace a diseased aortic valve is a non-thrombogenetic, infection-resistant, living autologous valve with excellent haemodynamics and an unlimited durability. But he notes that in real life, the available aortic valve replacements are associated with one or more disadvantages related to their design. He states that limited durability is the main disadvantage of biological valvular prostheses.


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