Element’s team of engaged experts has extensive expertise in cardiovascular medical device testing. With years of experience testing stents, grafts, occluders, vena cava filters, heart valves and pacemaker leads, our cardiovascular device testing programs are among the best in the industry.

We can assist with all aspects of cardiovascular device testing, including test design, feasibility, protocol development and test performance. Using Series 9000 Stent/Graft Testers and latest generation axial test instruments, we are equipped as a world leader in medical device testing. 

For questions or more information on cardiovascular device testing services, or to request a quote, contact an expert today. 

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Electrochemical Corrosion Testing

Element offers electrochemical corrosion testing to evaluate how metallic implants are affected by the human body. Our labs offer cyclic potentiodynamic polarization testing per ASTM F2129 to determine the extent of corrosion, and to ensure that no harmful effects are produced. 

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Pulsatile Durability Testing

Pulsatile durability tests are designed to demonstrate the integrity of the device under mechanical fatigue for a minimum of 10 years post-implantation.

Devices typically tested under pulsatile durability include:

  • Coronary stents
  • Peripheral stents
  • Neural stents
  • Endovascular grafts
  • Pulmonary stents
  • Occluders
  • Vena cava filters.

During these tests, devices are placed in mock arteries on a stent/graft tester under simulated physiological conditions and pulsed to create a dynamic radial strain.

Test requirements are outlined in ASTM F2477-07, ISO 25539-1 and ISO 7198.

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Heart Valve Testing

Heart valve testing is performed to evaluate the structural integrity of percutaneous and transcatheter heart valves by replicating in vivo conditions through mechanical fatigue.

Full device fatigue and stent strut or valve support structure are tested under mechanical fatigue to demonstrate device integrity for a minimum of 15 years post-implantation.

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Stimulator Lead Testing

Stimulator lead testing subjects devices to flex fatigue and distal tip buckling, representing a minimum of 10 years post-implantation service life.  

Pacemaker/defibrillator lead and helicoil/tine testing focus on mechanical flex and bending that simulate in vivo conditions per FDA guidance documents for pacemaker leads and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty catheters.

Devices are subject to flex fatigue and distal tip buckling representing a minimum of 10 years post-implantation service life.  

Spinal cord and other neurostimulator lead testing services include flex/bending that mimic intended use conditions.

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