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Heart valve attachment apparatus and methods that significantly reduce attachment times are provided. The apparatus and methods utilize a connector band to form an interface between a uni-directional valve and a tissue annulus. The connector band is secured to the tissue annulus by retention fingers.

Title
Artificial heart valve attachment apparatus and methods
Application Number
9/550471
Publication Number
7147663 (B1)
Application Date
April 14, 2000
Publication Date
December 12, 2006
Inventor
Jerry Grudem
St. Louis
MN, US
William J Swanson
St. Paul
MN, US
Todd Allen Berg
Lino Lakes
MN, US
Agent
Hong Lin
Joel Weiss
Fish & Neave IP Group of Ropes & Gray
Assignee
St Jude Medical ATG
MN, US
IPC
A61F 2/24
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