Researchers from Harvard University have achieved a significant breakthrough in heart valve technology by creating a synthetic heart valve using 3D printing. Unlike current synthetic valves that take months to produce, this innovative valve can be made in less than 10 minutes.
In experiments conducted on sheep, the prototype valve successfully regulated blood flow for one hour. It is constructed using a network of nanofibers formed through focused rotary jet spinning, mimicking the growth of natural heart valves.
This groundbreaking development has the potential to revolutionize the production of heart valves, providing faster and more adaptable options for patients. It is particularly beneficial for pediatric patients who often require multiple surgeries and can greatly benefit from these advancements in valve production.