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Lining or covering mechanical heart valves and Dacron grafts to prevent clots forming on them

If the substance isn't toxic it could possibly be used to coat heart valves, the inside of dacron grafts, or extra corporeal devices like heart bypass pumps or dialysis tubing to decrease clotting. This may help decrease the need for anticoagulants.

  • Mar 27 2013: Maybe i am naive, but why wouldn't they have tried it earlier?
    • Mar 27 2013: There has not been anything that has been found effective to date. Perhaps this product is it. Currently patients are given anticoagulants to prevent clotting. Reason seems to indicate that if fluid doesn't stick to this product then maybe the same would apply to the blood which passes through extracorporeal tubing coated with it. I am not a scientist but I know there are people out there who will know if this would be useful. Hopefully one of them will respond.Mark Shaw may even be able to answer our query.