04489446 is referenced by 190 patents and cites 7 patents.

A heart valve prosthesis incorporating a dynamic stiffener element is disclosed. The prosthesis is adapted for securement to the annulus of an atrioventricular valve and has the characteristic of allowing normal movement of the annulus during the cardiac cycle while providing mechanical support to the valve annulus so as to maintain the valve leaflets in proper physiological alignment. The stiffener element has a plurality of reciprocating members allowing it to be modifiable in shape so as to be capable of assuming the optimum shape for a particular heart valve.

Title
Heart valve prosthesis
Application Number
6/398084
Publication Number
4489446
Application Date
July 14, 1982
Publication Date
December 25, 1984
Inventor
Charles C Reed
5934 Hornwood, Houston, 77071
TX, US
Agent
Workman Nydegger & Jensen
IPC
A61F 1/22
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