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Survival after heart surgery continues to improve after publication of mortality data

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 30 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3102
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    Outcomes for adult cardiac patients have improved substantially in the past five years, even though more elderly and high risk patients are now being treated. Mortality rates after coronary artery surgery have fallen by 21% and for isolated valves by a third, a study by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland has found.

    For their report, Demonstrating Quality: The Sixth National Adult Cardiac Surgical Database, the society studied more than 400 000 operations. They found that since national publication of mortality rates in cardiac surgery began in 2001 the quality of care for patients has improved.

    Fewer than one in 100 elective surgery patients younger than 70 who …

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