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Volume 2017, Issue 3
  • E-ISSN: 2223-506X

Abstract

The steady increase in the number of patients with diseased aortic valves demands the development of effective aortic valve replacement procedures. Engineering and technology offer various manufactured alternatives, but none can exactly match the natural human valve. In addition to the experts of heart valve tissue engineering, many researchers focus on specific aspects of the manufacturing of artificial valves. The aim of this study was to benefit such manufacturing processes. From the contributor's perspective, it is vital to gain comprehensive knowledge before embarking on this project. The perfect/optimal shape of the valve is the fundamental aspect that needs to be considered by all participants. It is noteworthy that the geometry not only limits the functionality of the structure but also determines the choice of material and engineering methods. In this study, we attempt to determine if current knowledge is sufficient to reach consensus on the issue of the optimum shape of the valve. Here, we not only provide a brief overview of traditional literature but also include the opinions of experts. This innovative way of scientific communication is unprecedented in scientific literature, and we hope that both professionals and contributors will find this study useful.

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Keyword(s): Optimal heart valve geometry , smart scaffolds , tissue engineering and valve prosthesis
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