Application of passive flow control to mitigate the thromboembolic potential of bileaflet mechanical heart valves: an in-vitro study
Implantation of a bileaflet mechanical heart valve (BMHV) continues to be associated with risk of thromboembolic complications despite anti-coagulation therapy. Mechanical heart valves have been the gold standard in valve heart replacement since the 1950s with BMHVs currently still being the valve of choice for younger patients. Given that a large body of literature points to thromboembolic complications due to poor hemodynamics, improvements to the hemodynamic performance of BMHVs are needed. In this study, we explore the concept of passive flow controls that have been widely used in aerospace ...
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