Mortality Rates For Mitral Valve Repair

By Adam Pick - Patient, Author & HeartValveSurgery.com Founder

One of the big questions that patients have specific to mitral valve repair surgery is, "What are the mortality rates?"  

It's a great question and I personally remember thinking the exact same thing when I was getting ready for my heart valve surgery.

You should know that as medical technology, physician education and surgical techniques have advanced over the years, the mortality rate for mitral valve repair surgery has steadily declined.

To better understand mitral valve repair mortality rates, I recently reviewed heart valve surgery data from several leading cardiac centers and associations in the United States.  

Here are several mitral valve repair mortality rates to consider:

  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons suggests the current mortality rate for mitral valve repair is 1.5% compared to 5.5% for mitral valve replacement. 
  • Dr. David Adams, a leading mitral valve repair surgeon, has had only 5 operative deaths in 701 mitral valve repair procedures during the past 20 years. 
  • Dr. Marc Gillinov, the Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, reports 3 deaths in 1,072 procedure performeds at the Cleveland Clinic. 
  • Dr. Patrick McCarthy, the Executive Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, reports a 0.4% mortality rate for isolated mitral valve repair surgeries. 

I hope the information above helped you learn more about the mortality rates of mitral valve repair surgery.

 

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Page last updated: January 20, 2019

Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.