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Pennsylvania heart-surgery report finds improvements

Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 2009

Five Philadelphia-area hospitals had higher-than-expected death rates among patients undergoing open-heart surgery in 2007, according to a state report. But the quality of care statewide improved for patients who got heart bypass and valve operations even as the number of patients declined, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council's annual cardiac surgery report found. The most dramatic improvement came in surgery to treat diseased heart valves.