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Silver-coated heart valves recalled

...because the coating meant to reduce heart infections instead makes the valves prone to leak. Minnesota-based St. Jude Medical Inc. recalled all hospital inventories of St. Jude's heart valves with the Silzone silver coating. The recall affects...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/01/25/tec_280902.shtml
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FDA approves first stentless heart valve

...replacements of their aortic heart valves: a pig tissue valve that more closely resembles the patient's own. St. Jude Medical Inc.'s Toronto SPV valve is the nation's first tissue valve that does not use a stent -- metal or plastic frames...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1997/11/26/ent_218084.shtml
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