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Identification of the Toughness Properties of Mitral Valve Leaflets

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Farhad Javid, Marco Amabili, Damiano Pasini, Jorge Angeles

McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Nastaran Shahmansouri, Rosaire Mongrain

McGill University, Montreal, QC, CanadaMontreal Heart Institute, Montreal, QC, Canada

Paper No. SBC2013-14738, pp. V01AT04A024; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms; Active and Reactive Soft Matter; Atherosclerosis; BioFluid Mechanics; Education; Biotransport Phenomena; Bone, Joint and Spine Mechanics; Brain Injury; Cardiac Mechanics; Cardiovascular Devices, Fluids and Imaging; Cartilage and Disc Mechanics; Cell and Tissue Engineering; Cerebral Aneurysms; Computational Biofluid Dynamics; Device Design, Human Dynamics, and Rehabilitation; Drug Delivery and Disease Treatment; Engineered Cellular Environments
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5560-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Suturing a prosthetic ring to the mitral valve is one of the main challenges in percutaneous mitral valve annuloplasty. Novel self-anchoring fasteners developed for minimally invasive surgery may easily tear the tissue and cause their failure. Identification of the fracture toughness of the mitral valve tissue is an important step towards the optimization of these novel fasteners to minimize their deleterious effects on the surrounding tissue. Moreover, the study of rupture mechanism of the heart valve tissue can provide interesting information on the developing process of congenital mitral regurgitation due to the cleft mitral valve.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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