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The simulated heart valve

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Parents know: Children quickly outgrow their clothes. Growing itself can become very problematic for children with a congenital heart defect who receive an artificial heart valve: The implant does not grow together with the child and regularly needs to be replaced. This is why physicians are hoping for implants made from biocompatible materials that grow like the child does. The project LifeValve has simulated how such heart valves develop in the body. Learn more in our current interview.

Enjoy the summer and stay cool,

Timo Roth
Editorial team

image: 12 - 15 November 2018, MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine in Düsseldorf

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Topic of the Month: EmergencyEye
Interview: Regenerative heart valves
Video: Ambulances of the future
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Ambulances of the future


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Today's ambulance features far more technology than meets the eye. But not everything is aimed at treating patients. Ambulance manufacturers must also ensure that their vehicles make a great workplace for the crews on board and can adapt to the different challenges of emergency medical services.
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Ambulances of the future – a safe and ergonomic workplace
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Resuscitation via videostream

Topic of the Month

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When the heart stops beating, irreversible brain damage occurs within minutes without resuscitation. Meanwhile, action is only taken in very few instances of cardiac arrest. Even first responders frequently feel helpless in this situation. In Germany, approximately 65,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. This is where EmergencyEye comes in to offer valuable support.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Resuscitation via videostream – how EmergencyEye can save lives
Telemedicine – well-connected in emergencies
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Regenerative heart valves


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Every year, more than 250,000 patients worldwide receive heart valve implants. Children require repeated replacement surgery because their bodies are still growing, whereas the prosthetic heart valves are not. Regenerative heart valves can solve this problem. Until now, we have only been able to monitor how these living implants develop in the body after the fact. Thanks to computer models, these processes are now predictable.
Read the interview here:
Regenerative heart valves: from simulation to replacement
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