Mechanics of Heart Valves


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Mechanics of Heart Valves
1010103Mechanics of Heart Valves
<emphasis role="bold">Introduction</emphasis> Four cardiac valves help to direct flow through the heart. Heart valves cause blood to flow only in the desired direction. If a heart without heart valves were to contract, it would simply squeeze the blood, causing it to flow both backward and forward (upstream and downstream). Instead, under normal physiological conditions, heart valves act as check valves to prevent blood from flowing in the reverse direction. Also, heart valves remain closed until the pr…
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Lee Waite; Jerry Fine: Applied Biofluid Mechanics. Mechanics of Heart Valves, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2007), AccessEngineering Export