UMC Utrecht places first biological heart valve that lasts longer
The University Medical Center Utrecht for the first time a patient with a biological heart valve, which by a special coating lasts longer than traditional heart valves.
It reports the academic hospital Wednesday.
“This cover is a breakthrough for the surgical treatment of valvular disease, especially for people with an active lifestyle,” says heart surgeon Willem Suyker, who performed the operation.
The heart valve is made of tissue from an ox. It is edited with a new conserveringsmethode, giving the valve a longer life and the chance to vervolgoperaties is reduced.
Also, do the patient no blood thinners to swallow, which is particularly beneficial for young female patients who wish to become pregnant.
The recipient of the first biological heart valve is the 26-year-old Kiki Bleeker, a professional paardrijdster that ambitions within the Dutch team for dressage, to drive.