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    Design and Fabrication of Engineered Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering Applications such as Cardiovascular System

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Khayat Norouzi, Sara (Author) ; Shamlou, Amir (Supervisor)
    Abstract
    Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death all over the world, even more common than cancers. The first reason of mortality in Iran according to statistics is the occlusion of coronary arteries. Unfortunately almost one third of patients doesn’t have enough blood vessels to be used in the bypass surgery and need artificial vessels. These artificial blood vessels with small diameters (less than 6 mm) will fail quickly. As a result there is an increasing demand for tissue engineered blood vessels which are capable of enduring high blood pressures. An artificial blood vessel should mimic both structure and mechanical properties of the real one. Blood vessels have layered structures,...