Deaths following mitral valve repair
The mitral valve is one of the valves in the heart. Sometimes the mitral valve is diseased and requires surgery. In some cases, the mitral valve can be repaired instead of replaced. This surgery is called a mitral valve repair and because the patient’s native valve remains in place, valve repair is preferred in most cases over valve replacement. It is considered an isolated mitral valve repair when it is not done in conjunction with any other surgeries.
Isolated mitral valve repairs require proficiency with the use of complex equipment, and technical errors may lead to serious complications, such as heart attack, stroke and death.
About this measure
Mortality is the statistical measure of the percentage of people who die. The first graph below shows the percentage of patients from 2012 who had an isolated mitral valve repair and died within 30 days, in the hospital or after discharge.
Note: In this case, a lower number is better.