Are all bileaflet mechanical valves equal?

@article{Halkos2009AreAB,
  title={Are all bileaflet mechanical valves equal?},
  author={Michael E. Halkos and John D. Puskas},
  journal={Current opinion in cardiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={24 2},
  pages={
          136-41
        }
}
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Four different bileaflet mechanical prostheses are currently utilized for valve replacement in the United States. We reviewed the different designs, hemodynamic features, and long-term outcomes of each of these prostheses. RECENT FINDINGS Bileaflet mechanical valves provide excellent long-term durability and overall superb hemodynamic performance. Subtle design modifications have maximized the effective orifice area per given valve size, which minimizes outflow gradients in… CONTINUE READING