Posted on July 29th, 2008 under Heart Valve Replacement, Patient Stories & Updates.
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.
(Scroll down for the answer.)
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!