Bottle for mitral and aortic replacement heart valves, 1960s.

Made:
1968-1969
Starr-Edwards mitral and aortic artificial heart valves, used, possibly English, 1968-1969.  Front view of whole object Starr-Edwards mitral and aortic artificial heart valves, used, possibly English, 1968-1969.  Front 3/4 view of whole Starr-Edwards mitral and aortic artificial heart valves, used, possibly English, 1968-1969.  Front 3/4 view of whole

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Starr-Edwards mitral and aortic artificial heart valves, used, possibly English, 1968-1969. Front view of whole object
Science Museum Group Collection
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Starr-Edwards mitral and aortic artificial heart valves, used, possibly English, 1968-1969. Front 3/4 view of whole
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Starr-Edwards mitral and aortic artificial heart valves, used, possibly English, 1968-1969. Front 3/4 view of whole
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bottle for Starr-Edwards mitral and aortic artificial heart valves, used, possibly English, 1968-1969

Starr-Edwards mitral and aortic artificial heart valves, used, possibly English.

Valvular stenosis is a condition in which one or more valves in the heart do not open fully, restricting normal blood flow and putting extra strain on the heart. Artificial valves like these dramatically improve patients' survival rates.

The first implant of an artificial valve was performed in 1952, but these are from the 1970s.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A600965 Pt2
Materials:
bottle, plastic, frame, metal, frame, nylon and valve, metal (alloy)
type:
surgery
credit:
Besterman, E.