Mortality Rates For Mitral Valve Repair & Aortic Valve Replacement
To better understand mitral valve repair mortality rates, I recently reviewed heart valve surgery data provided by The Cleveland Clinic, the number one ranked heart care center in the United States for thirteen straight years (as reported by U.S. News And World Report).
Overall, the data was very encouraging and further illustrated that fear specific to heart valve surgery is understood but manageable.
During 2003, there were 1,277 procedures performed on the mitral valve at The Cleveland Clinic. Of these procedures, 891 (70%) were repairs of the mitral valve. The remaining 386 were mitral valve replacements.
Of the 891 mitral valve repairs referenced above, The Cleveland Clinic’s inpatient mortality rate for isolated mitral valve repair was only 0.3%.
You should also know, that The Cleveland Clinic’s mortality rate for aortic valve replacement in 2003 was 2.0%, below the national benchmark as reported by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) as 3.8%.
In 2002 and 2003, there were no hospital deaths after mitral valve replacement at The Cleveland Clinic, compared to the national benchmark mortality rate of 5.8% (STS).
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.