Blood flowing through a prosthetic heart valve can be damaged by flow induced shear forces. Fluid dynamics variables and geometric factors play an important role in the evaluation of shear-stress-related blood damage. Central-flow prosthetic valves have been considered as an optimal replacement for mechanical and biological valves. Recently it was shown that shear stress distribution along the surface of a polyurethane cusp reaches values that can damage the blood elements. A mathematical model correlating the effects of shear stresses on blood corpuscles with clinical findings was employed in vitro. The model can be applied to the effects of blood-surface interaction and is of clinical relevance.