Current developments and future prospects for heart valve replacement therapy.

  title={Current developments and future prospects for heart valve replacement therapy.},
  author={Asmeret Gebreamlak Kidane and Gaetano Burriesci and P Cornejo and Audrey Dooley and Sandip Sarkar and P. Bonhoeffer and Mohan Edirisinghe and Alexander M. Seifalian},
  journal={Journal of biomedical materials research. Part B, Applied biomaterials},
  volume={88 1},
Valve replacement is the most common surgical treatment in patients with advanced valvular heart disease. Mechanical and bio-prostheses have been the traditional heart valve replacements in these patients. However, currently the heart valves for replacement therapy are imperfect and subject patients to one or more ongoing risks, including thrombosis, limited durability, and need for re-operations due to the lack of growth in pediatric populations. Furthermore, they require an open heart surgery… CONTINUE READING

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