Japanese Mitral Valve

Description (Brief)
The donor Manuel “Manny” Villafaña entrepreneur and CEO of six companies over many years developed a collection of artificial heart valves. This Japanese mitral valve with a non-tilting disc valve is one example. The development of artificial heart valves took place in many countries around the world, and there were many international collaborations.
Currently not on view
Object Name
artificial heart valve
Physical Description
cloth (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 1.2 cm x 3.3 cm; 15/32 in x 1 5/16 in
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Artificial Organs
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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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