Prosthetic valve for transluminal delivery

  • US 7,018,406 B2
  • Filed: 04/10/2003
  • Issued: 03/28/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/17/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A prosthetic valve assembly for use in replacing a deficient native valve, the valve assembly comprising:

  • a valve having a plurality of resilient leaflets;

    a valve support comprising a central band comprising a plurality of expandable cells, the valve support configured to be collapsible for transluminal delivery and expandable to contact the anatomical annulus of the native valve when the assembly is positioned in situ, said valve support supporting the base and the commissure points of the valve; and

    an anchor for engaging the lumen wall when expanded in place for preventing substantial migration of the valve assembly after deployment;

    wherein the anchor is itself configured to be expandable.

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