Artificial heart valve: "The structure is meant to be broken down again by the body at a later point." -- MEDICA Trade Fair

Artificial heart valve: "The structure is meant to be broken down again by the body at a later point."

Interview with Dr. Svenja Hinderer, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB)

There are various artificial heart valves available for children, but they have one essential drawback: they need to be replaced because the children are still growing. The artificial valve, on the other hand, remains the same size – and subsequently becomes too small. This is why an artificial heart valve that grows over time would be ideal because it would prevent the children from needing repeated surgeries.

01/08/2016

Photo:Svenja Hinderer

Dr. Svenja Hinderer; © Körber-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer

Photo: heart valve with support frame

Electric woven carrier substrate, fitted into a pig heart valve; & copy; Fraunhofer IGB

Photo: Simone Ernst; Copyright: B. Frommann

© B. Frommann