First ‘Made in India’ 3-D printed heart valve developed in Chennai – ET HealthWorld

Chennai: A Chennai-based heart surgeon announced he has designed and developed India’s first 3-D printed heart valve, giving hope to several thousands of patients requiring heart valve replacement surgery every year. The currently available artificial heart valves are either made of metal components (mechanical), or from animal tissues (bioprosthetic), each with its own disadvantages or complications, such as the risk of blood clot formation, valve failure due to degeneration, valve infection, the need for long-term blood thinner medications, etc. The new heart valves developed using 3D printers can overcome these…

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