Heart valve replacements on fiber frame
Specialty Fabrics Review | April 2012
Dyneema Purity® fiber technology from Royal DSM NV, Heerlen, The Netherlands, will serve as a support scaffold for a prototype heart valve replacement developed by the University Medical Center (UMC) of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Dyneema Purity’s polymeric biomaterial features properties that make it a promising foundation for artificial heart valves that must remain in the body for an indefinite period of time. The fiber has high strength, flex fatigue resistance, tear resistance, low elongation and minimal profile, all of which provide the stability and flexibility required for an essential component of the cardiovascular system.