Apropos K

Plastic keeps the heart beating

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Most frequent cause of death

Functional disorders

An operation is often the only cure

Artificial heart valve based on the way nature works

Dr. Svenja Hinderer. (Image: Körber-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer).

Biocompatible polymer blend that is suitable for heart valves

Spinning in an electrical field

Optimisation of the material properties

Promising results demand further research