September 4, 2009 --
New research shows you don't have to go to a top-ranked hospital in the US to get good heart care. The research in the journal Circulation shows that hospitals that are not ranked by US News and World Report as being America's best hospitals in heart and heart surgery may still provide care that is comparable to that seen at top-ranked centers.
The study focused on people with heart failure and found that many of the non-ranked hospitals had death rates that were on par with the ranked hospitals.
Researchers say, if people really want to know how a hospital compares in the areas of heart failure and readmission, they should look at government statistics for those measures.