Cardiology

Lab-created heart valves can grow with the recipient

A groundbreaking new study led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers from both the College of Science and Engineering and the Medical School shows for the first time that lab-created heart valves implanted in ...

Cardiology

Regenerative heart valves and blood vessels a step closer

Non-degradable prostheses for cardiovascular tissues can be used to replace heart valves and blood vessels, but they can't stay in the body permanently. In two recent papers, TU/e researchers in collaboration with a number ...

Medical research

A potential therapy for one of the leading causes of heart disease

Calcific aortic valve disease is not only the most common valve disease in the elderly, it's also the third leading cause of heart disease overall. For those affected, calcium starts to accumulate in their heart valves and ...

Cardiology

Researchers 3-D print lifelike heart valve models

Researchers from the University of Minnesota, with support from Medtronic, have developed a groundbreaking process for multi-material 3-D printing of lifelike models of the heart's aortic valve and the surrounding structures ...

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Heart valve

In anatomy, the heart valves maintain the unidirectional flow of blood in the heart by opening and closing depending on the difference in pressure on each side. They are mechanically similar to reed valves.

There are four valves in the heart (not counting the valve of the coronary sinus, and the valve of the inferior vena cava):

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