BRAE 213 wk 8

BRAE 213 wk 8 - Cal Poly BRAE 213 Professor Hazelwood May...

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Cal Poly BRAE 213 Professor Hazelwood May 28, 2008 Artificial Heart Valves Heart valve problems can arise from a myriad of factors including, but not limited to: childhood infection, certain medications, calcification and birth defects. When an individual suffers from a defective heart valve, the malady must be remedied or the patient may suffer severe medical consequences. The aim of artificial heart valves is to repair damaged valves and to imitate the function of human heart valves as closely as possible. Fortunately, artificial heart valve technology has come quite far in the recent years. Heart valve failure is no longer the medical malady it once was. Patients have a variety of heart valve options to choose from and enjoy greatly increased survival rates (Lee). There are two main verities of heart valves which patients can choose from: mechanical heart valves, and biological heart valves. Mechanical heart valves were first developed in the 1950’s and is fabricated from a relatively inert metal and a suture ring. The
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