Scottish Heart Valve

Description (Brief)
This valve developed in Scotland bears a resemblance to the Bjork-Shiley design. It has a concave disc and the same placement and curvature of the metal prongs which hold the disc in place. This is a tilting disc valve, possibly made of pyrolytic carbon. According to the donor Manuel "Manny" Villafaña "there's not much to tell" about this valve.
Currently not on view
Object Name
artificial heart valve
Physical Description
cloth (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: .7 cm x 3.5 cm; 9/32 in x 1 3/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Artificial Organs
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Artificial Heart Valves
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Manuel Villafaña
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