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Harvard’s 3D-printed heart valves open the door to a perfect fit

Harvard's 3D-printed heart valves open the door to a perfect fit

Written by David

December 11, 2018

3 pictures Scientists have used 3D printed models of individual heart valves and calcium buildup to help carve out the perfect fit ahead of surgery 3D printing has opened up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to medical implants, allowing surgeons to equip patients with bespoke device s tailored to perfectly fit their unique anatomy, a courtesy that has even been extended to penguins , turtles and dogs . Scientists at Harvard University have now broken new ground in applying the technology to damaged hearts, providing a potential new tool to keep blocked arteries open and the blood pumping freely. Heart valve replacement is a relatively common, but tricky, procedure where surgeons will seek to unblock one of the four valves that facilitate the flow of blood in and out of the heart. There are many reason these valves might stop functioning properly, but a particularly […]

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