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Take A Guess: How Many Annual Open Heart Surgery Operations?

Posted by Adam Pick on July 29th, 2008

Do you know how many open heart surgeries were performed in the United States during 2005?

Want to take a guess? Go ahead… Close your eyes and think about it. Okay. Now open your eyes.

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According to the American Heart Association, the number of annual open heart surgeries performed in the United States was approximately 699,000 during 2005. The break-down of some open heart surgeries, by procedure, was:

  • Bypass (cardiac revascularization) – 469,000
  • Heart transplants – 2,200
  • Valve replacements – 106,000

Why did I write about this?

Well. I am hopeful that it will help future patients and caregivers better understand that open-heart surgery, while complex and risky, is a relatively routine procedure. Click this link to further dispel your fear of heart surgery.

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick A dad, a husband and a patient, Adam Pick founded this website in 2006 to educate you about heart valve surgery from diagnosis to recovery.
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John Grey says on October 28th, 2011 at 9:53 am

How many were done in 2010.


John Grey


Daniel Williams says on November 10th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Hi My name is Daniel Williams and I’m glad to have had open heart surgery at the age of 4 and I am currently living in Ireland I had the surgery In England and have not rearLy had much look with dating and am now 38 I was an Alpha blood type and My birth day was the 5th 7th 1974 tHE SEX i HAVE HAD WAS GOOD BUT I Found In England I was set on by a Lesbian group who were calling me Hump because of the scar all day and all night outside My Flat.The bloke next door to me In shelley rd and the birthday 666 and I think I was In WITH SOME SORT OF mad religious cult and In England they were trying to give me Phicotic drugs against my consent which would have effected my heart rate and pulse and killed me My private Doctor has told me.In The bible the man with the circumsised heart is Holy and I am a blonde Alpha so I wonder If They were aFTER COMPENSATION THANK YOU DANIEL WILLIAMS FLAT 12 KINNAIRD HOUSE CITY RD CHESTER CH13AL


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