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The Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve By Daniel Wec. Brief Overview The Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve is an artificial heart valve used to deal with defective heart.

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1 The Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve By Daniel Wec

2 Brief Overview The Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve is an artificial heart valve used to deal with defective heart valves or heart valvular diseases. It is a mechanical heart valve and has been in use since the 1970s. It is based on a tilting disc design where two struts (inlet and outlet) allow the disc to open and close to enable the blood to flow through.

3 History 1969 – The Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve is developed by Dr. Viking Bjork and Donald Shiley. 1970s – It is one of the most common mechanical heart valves to be implanted in patients who require an artificial heart valve – Pfizer buys out Shiley, Inc and creates secrecy agreements which prevent important information (faulty outlet tip) to be released to the FDA and doctors – FDA takes the heart valve off the market – Pfizer sells Shiley’s businesses to Sorin Biomedical – Lawsuit is settled and Pfizer is to pay around $20 million (some estimates are closer to $200 million.)

4 Currently Alliance Medical Technologies purchased the heart valve line from Sorin Biomedical. The firm has former Shiley and Pfizer employees working for it.

5 Limitations Open-Heart Surgery Blood Thinning Medication Backflow Blood Infection Blood Tests 30 year lifespan

6 Future The Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve can once again become used and if it is, the following are improvements that can be made to allow the device to function better: Remove the need for blood thinning medication. Reduce the amount of backflow. Lower the risk of blood infection. Increase the time between blood tests from 4-6 weeks or possibly even remove the need for blood tests at all. Increase the durability and, in turn, the lifespan of the device.

7 Works Cited "Artificial Heart Valve." Wikipedia. N.p.. Web. 24 Nov "Bjork Shiley Heart Valve." Lawyers and Settlements. N.p., Web. 24 Nov "Bjork-Shiley valve." Wikipedia. N.p.. Web. 24 Nov "Mechanical Heart Valves." cedars-sinai. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov


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