Cardiovascular related medical complications are some of the most severely diagnosed conditions by physicians. Upwards of five million Americans are diagnosed with heart valve disease each year. Heart valve disease is the malfunction of any of the four valves found within the human heart, and can be developed through other health conditions such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and rheumatic fever.
Our system will replace current models used to train physicians for transfemoral and transseptal surgeries. Currently, the only method for testing preliminary heart valve devices is through the use of a live animal model, particularly porcine. However, there’s always the possibility that the animal will die prematurely due to cardiac arrest, eliminating the possibility of postoperative data and monitoring. Using live animals for testing and training can cost upwards of $10,000.
By characterizing the mechanical aspects of the heart and simulating transfemoral and transseptal approaches, there exists great potential for testing and developing artificial heart valves. Our model will provide a solution to cardiovascular health issues within the medical field. It will also offer proper physician training and serve to investigate further development of transcatheter heart valve design and insertion.