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Survival rate after NHS heart surgery is higher than European average

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 25 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6688
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Patients undergoing bypass surgery in the NHS have a better chance of surviving than almost anywhere in Europe, shows the first study to compare outcomes from heart operations across the continent.

Findings from the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery show that, after adjustment for risk, the in-hospital mortality rate after coronary artery bypass graft surgery in England was 1.8% between 2006 and 2008. In Wales the rate was 1.1% and in Scotland it was 2.2%. By comparison the average rate across 25 European countries was 2.4%.

Although it is the fourth time the association has published a report …

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