St. Jude Medical Artifical Heart Valve

St. Jude Medical Artifical Heart Valve

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This is one of the early versions of the St. Jude Medical (SJM) artificial heart valve, a bi-leaflet valve made of pyrolytic carbon. There are four pivot points, and the edges of the donut are not as rounded as later models. A white Dacron sewing ring surrounds the valve. The first surgical implant with a SJM heart valve was carried out in October 1977.
The SJM valve was the first all carbon valve in clinical use. All St. Jude valves would be made with pyrolytic carbon, a material and coating recognized for its biocompatibility and thromboresistance. The SJM valve quickly became the 'gold standard' for subsequent valves.
St. Jude Medical was founded by Manuel "Manny" Villafaña in 1976, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. The model for its popular bi-leaflet valve was developed at the University of Minnesota in 1972 by Dr. Demetre Nicoloff (1934-2003). It differed from previous valves because it was made of pyrolytic carbon, a material that was very durable and could last many years in the body. Dr. Jack Bokros, founder of OnX Life Technologies Inc., is the doctor who developed this material. Manny Villafana is a businessman whose first company was Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cardiology
artificial heart valve
date made
ca 1976
maker
St. Jude Medical
place made
United States: Minnesota, Saint Paul
Physical Description
pyrolytic carbon (valve material)
cloth (valve material)
plastic (container material)
Measurements
container: 2.15 cm x 5.4 cm x 5.3 cm; 27/32 in x 2 1/8 in x 2 3/32 in
valve: 1.2 cm x 2.9 cm x 2.9 cm x 2.9 cm; 15/32 in x 1 5/32 in x 1 5/32 in x 1 5/32 in
ID Number
2015.0031.02
catalog number
2015.0031.02
accession number
2015.0031
Credit Line
Gift of Manuel Villafaña
subject
Cardiology
Prosthesis
Artificial Organs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

My St Jude aortic valve was implanted August 2000 in Curitiba Brazil. It is working well. Great job!!!
I received my St. Jude aortic valve in April 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA to replace a porcine aortic valve which failed after 8 years. I was 62 y.o. when receiving the St. Jude valve and have enjoyed an active life since then. Sounds like the valve has an excellent reputation and super good service record.
I had mine installed on my 50th birthday by the amazing dr israel jacobowitz in maimonides hosp in brooklyn. Im 65 yrs strong!
I had mine implanted 1n 1996 by Joseph N Cunningham in Maimonides also. Jacobwitz was a colleague of DR. Cunningham back then. Going on 24 years. And still ticking loudly. I'm in my late 70"s
My twin brother and I had our St Jude aortic valves composite grafts implanted (Marfan Syndrome) by Dr. Vincent Gott in 1986 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. We were age 35 back then with small children. Now age 68 and enjoying our grandchildren !
Thank you for your valve. I had mine implanted in the aortic position on January 8, 1992. I was 21 years old. I'm still doing great 27 years later.

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