Leaflet Mechanical Stress in Different Designs and Generations of Transcatheter Aortic Valves: An in Vitro Study

Aortic valve stenosis is the third most frequent cardiovascular disease in high-income countries after hypertension and coronary artery disease and is associated with increased risk of heart failure and mortality. Contraction of the left ventricle and left atrium were obtained using two ViVitro piston pumps (ViVitro Inc, Victoria, Canada). The results of this in vitro/in silico study suggest that newer generations of THVs have ∼30% lower leaflet mechanical stress than the early generations.

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