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Researchers fracture heart valves with small high-pressure balloons in the laboratory. The aim is to calculate the exact minimum pressure for a defective heart valve to fracture  without damaging the surrounding tissue. The photo shows (from left) Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Aarhus University Hospital and Peter Johansen, associate professor, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University. (Photo: AU Lars Kruse)

2018.06.18 | AU Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Danish researchers behind new treatment for heart-valve patients

Now patients can have their worn-out artificial heart valve replaced without major surgery. Together with physicians at Aarhus University Hospital, engineers from Aarhus University have developed and characterised a gentle method to fracture old implants and make room for new ones.