A mechanical pulse duplicator for testing prosthetic mitral and aortic valves.

Abstract

The purpose of a prosthetic cardiac valve is to restore the function of a diseased aortic or mitral valve, and its role in haemodynamics is a passive one: the opening and closing of such a valve is strictly regulated by the pressure differences in the cardiac chambers which communicate through this valve. Therefore we consider that a prosthetic valve should… (More)

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