State Health Department of Health: A recent report on cardiac surgery, released by the New York State Department of Health, illustrates the lowest mortality rate ever for heart bypass surgery.
The report includes information on coronary artery bypass graft surgery, valve surgery, and the two procedures done in combination during 2003-2005 at the 39 hospitals in New York State where these procedures are performed.
“This report highlights the high quality of care available to cardiac surgery patients in New York State,” said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. “The hospitals performing these surgeries are commended for their ongoing collaboration with the Department of Health and the Cardiac Advisory Committee to improve outcomes. As a result, cardiac patients and their families continue to reap the benefits.”
Report highlights include:
- The 2005 in-hospital mortality rate for cardiac bypass surgery – at 1.56 percent – is the lowest since reporting began in 1989 and slightly down from 1.61 percent in 2004.
- The 2005 combined in-hospital/30-day mortality rate of 2.07 percent for cardiac bypass surgery decreased slightly from the 2004 rate of 2.09 percent.
- The 2003-2005 in-hospital mortality rate for valve and combined valve and bypass surgeries was 5.59 percent, down from 6.04 percent for 2002-2004. The combined in-hospital/30-day mortality rate was 6.26 percent for these procedures in 2003-2005 (comparison data for 2002-2004 not available).
- In 2005, there were 12,146 cardiac bypass surgeries performed in New York State compared to a high of 20,220 performed in 1997. Cardiac bypass surgeries have decreased because many patients who would have received this surgery a few years ago are now undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), a procedure used to clear blocked coronary arteries and referred to as “angioplasty” or “coronary stenting.”
- For 2003-2005, there were 20,627 valve and combined valve/bypass surgeries performed, slightly above the 20,309 performed for 2002-2004.