Okanagan doctors create improved mechanical heart valve

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A UBCO professor and the head of cardiovascular surgery at Kelowna General may have developed a new mechanical heart valve that could change the way cardiovascular surgeries are performed.

Professor Hadi Mohammadi says half of synthetic heart valve replacements are bio prosthetic while half are mechanical.

The mechanical valves have long lifespans but have difficulty managing blood flow, while the bio prosthetic valves have the opposite problem.

Mohammadi says a new and advanced mechanical heart valve developed by him and Dr.Guy Fradet has the best of both worlds.

“I hope that this design actually ends up to be what we think,” he says “And if that’s the case, I think we are on to something really big because this is a major improvement on a mechanical valve that was done almost 20 years ago.”

He says they've received a patent and will begin working with doctors to test it.