Biomechanical evaluation of aortic regurgitation from cusp prolapse using an ex vivo 3D-printed commissure geometric alignment device

Aortic regurgitation (AR) is one of the most common cardiac valvular diseases, and it is frequently caused by cusp prolapse. The simulator contains a programmable pulsatile linear piston pump (ViVitro Superpump, ViVitro Labs) and a viscoelastic impedance adapter (ViVitro) that is comprised of two compliance chambers and a fixed resistance element and generates a physiologic ventricular waveform. In this study, we successfully designed a commissure geometric alignment device that can manipulate aortic commissure positions to induce aortic cusp prolapse.

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