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Apparatus is provided that includes a valve prosthesis for attachment to a native valve complex of a subject. The prosthesis is configured to assume a compressed delivery state and an uncompressed implantation state. The prosthesis includes a support frame, which is shaped so as to define an upstream inlet having upstream-most portions that are tapered in an upstream direction toward a central longitudinal axis of the prosthesis when the prosthesis assumes the compressed delivery state. The prosthesis further includes a flexible prosthetic heart valve component, coupled to the support frame. Other embodiments are also described.

Title
Prosthetic valve having tapered tip when compressed for delivery
Application Number
12/250163
Publication Number
8137398 (B2)
Application Date
October 13, 2008
Publication Date
March 20, 2012
Inventor
Igor Kovalsky
Givatayim
IL
Yosi Tuval
Netanya
IL
Assignee
Medtronic Ventor Technologies
IL
IPC
A61F 2/24
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