Freestyle Tissue Valve

The Freestyle tissue valve represents an advance in valve technology because its design is similar to the natural human aortic heart valve.

The Freestyle tissue valve represents an advance in valve technology because its design is similar to the natural human aortic heart valve.

Overview

The Freestyle® Bioprosthesis is a tissue valve obtained from the heart of a pig. A pig's heart anatomy is similar to that of a human heart. The Freestyle heart valve is made without a frame (stent). This allows the valve to move and work like a natural valve. In some cases, it also lets your surgeon use a larger-sized valve so blood flow increases. The Freestyle heart valve is used to replace a defective aortic valve.

Placement

The Freestyle heart valve is implanted at the point where blood from the left atrium enters the aorta.

Features

The Freestyle heart valve is a breakthrough in heart valve design. It's a heart valve that closely resembles the design and blood flow characteristics of a natural aortic valve. Because it has a larger opening for more blood to flow through, the strain on your heart is reduced, which can result in your heart returning to a more normal function.1,2

References

  1. Bach DS, Kon ND, Dumesnil JG, et al. Ten year outcome after aortic valve replacement with the Freestyle stentless bioprosthesis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005;80:480-7.
  2. Kon N, Riley R, Adair S, et al. Eight year results of aortic root replacement with the Freestyle stentless porcine aortic root bioprosthesis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2002;73:1817-21.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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