Story excerpt provided by The Lantern.
Written by Yin Liu.
Ohio State scientists are developing advanced heart valves that might reduce the amount of operations and medications needed by patients. Researchers are calling this a breakthrough in heart valve replacement technology.
Heart valves help the muscle pump blood by preventing the blood from flowing backward. When a valve is diseased, the heart has to work harder to pump blood forward, which could result in symptoms such as palpitations and shortness of breath.
To replace a damaged valve, patients need to receive a mechanical or a biological valve replacement, made from pig or cow tissue. But both of the valves involve severe risks or limitations for patients, said Lakshmi Prasad Dasi, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering who served as the principal investigator of the research.
“Heart valve disease is the second biggest component of heart disease,” Dasi said. “It affects a large number of elderly in the United States, and also young people who are born with the congenital heart defects.”
Click here to read the complete article. Originally published November 29, 2017.