Fewer patients dying after open-heart surgery

August 6, 2010 4:39:16 AM PDT
New statistics show far fewer patients are dying in the hospital after having open heart surgery than in years past, according to the federal government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

They studied a six-year span from 2000 through 2006. Their findings show a 43 percent drop in deaths for in-hospital open-heart surgery patients over the six years.

That equates to 24 deaths per 1,000 patients in 2006, compared to 42 deaths per 1,000 in the year 2000.