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Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve Prosthesis

Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve Prosthesis

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Description (Brief)
This is a mitral artificial heart valve manufactured by Shiley Incorporated. It has a carbon tilting-disk which opens 60 degrees, retaining struts, and a Teflon fabric suture ring.
Currently not on view
Object Name
mitral valve prosthesis, spherical
artificial heart valve
date made
ca 1980
Shiley Incorporated
place made
United States: California, Irvine
location of prior holder
United States: California, Irvine
Physical Description
carbon (overall material)
teflon (overall material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in x 2 5/8 in; 3.175 cm x 4.445 cm x 6.6675 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Shiley Incorporated
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Heart Valves
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My mother, Anna L. Russell, had a Bjork-Shiley prosthetic heart valve implanted May 5, 1983. Her valve has been working for over 35 years. She is in Congestive Heart Failure now.

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