ATS Heart Valve

Description (Brief)
Introduced in 1992 the ATS is a bileaflet or open pivot heart valve. ATS Medical was founded in 1992 by Manny Villafaña, and acquired by Medtronic Inc. in April 2010. One of it's unique features is that it significantly lowers the sound levels caused when the occluder strikes the orifice as the valve closes. This became one of its selling points to doctors and patients. Many recipients of heart valves find the clicking noise of their prosthetic to be annoying and interfering with their sleep.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
artificial heart valve
cardiology
date made
ca 1992
maker
ATS Medical
Measurements
overall: 10 cm x 30 cm; 3 15/16 in x 11 13/16 in
Place Made
United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis
ID Number
2015.0031.55.02
catalog number
2015.0031.55.02
accession number
2015.0031
subject
Surgery
Cardiology
Artificial Organs
Prosthesis
Health Care
Health & Medicine
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Manuel Villafaña

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