Implantable blood recirculation devices such as ventricular assist devices (VADs) and more recently the temporary total artificial heart (TAH-t) are promising bridge-to-transplant (BTT) solutions for patients with end-stage cardiovascular disease. However, blood flow in and around certain non-physiological geometries, mostly associated with pathological flow around mechanical heart valves (MHVs) of these devices, enhances shear stress-induced platelet activation, thereby significantly promoting flow induced thrombogenicity and subsequent complications such as stroke, despite a regimen of post-implant antithrombotic agents. Careful characterization of such localized high shear stress trajectories in these devices by numerical techniques and corresponding experimental measurements of their accentuated effects on platelet activation and sensitization, is therefore critical for effective design optimization of these devices (reducing the occurrence of pathological flow patterns formation) for minimizing thrombogenicity [1].

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