Durability of pyrolytic carbon-containing heart valve prostheses.

To assess abrasive wear of mechanical valve prostheses containing pyrolytic carbon components, we recovered at necropsy or surgery and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and surface profilometry eight prostheses. Seven were implanted for 30-85 (mean 50 months. Valves included DeBakey aortic (2), DeBakey mitral (1), Beall mitral (2), Bjork-Shiley… CONTINUE READING