Ohio State engineers, physicians work together to replace heart valves
When patients need a new aortic heart valve, there are several options at a physician’s disposal. There are also many variables to consider, including the exact physical characteristics where the new heart valve will go. The more we can personalize care to the specific patient and their needs, the better outcome we’ll have.
As a biomedical engineer, I’m excited by the unique opportunity we have here at Ohio State to affect and improve patient care. Every week, my team meets with the structural heart doctors at the Ross Heart Hospital.
We review patient cases and, when necessary, my team creates a 3D model of the patient’s aorta. In our lab, we can both physically and computationally run tests to ensure we choose the best artificial valve and the best procedural approach for that particular patient. This helps our physicians avoid common complications from valve replacement, such as leakage, clotting or coronary obstruction.
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