Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2016; 64(06): 462-474
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1592124
Original Cardiovascular
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

German Heart Surgery Report 2015: The Annual Updated Registry of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Andreas Beckmann1, Anne-Katrin Funkat2, Jana Lewandowski1, Michael Frie3, Markus Ernst4, Khosro Hekmat5, Wolfgang Schiller6, Jan F. Gummert7, Armin Welz6
  • 1German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Berlin, Germany
  • 2Leipzig Heart Institute, Leipzig, Germany
  • 3FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management, Essen, Germany
  • 4Department of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery, University Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  • 5Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  • 6Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • 7Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart and Diabetes Center NRW, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
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09 August 2016

22 August 2016

Publication Date:
01 September 2016 (eFirst)


On the basis of a long-standing voluntary registry, which was founded by the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (GSTCVS), well-defined data of all heart, thoracic, and vascular surgery procedures performed in 78 German heart surgery departments during 2015 are analyzed. In 2015, a total of 103,967 heart surgery procedures (implantable cardioverter defibrillator, pacemaker, and extracardiac procedures without ECC excluded) were submitted to the database. Approximately 14.8% of the patients were at least 80 years old, resulting in an increase of 0.6% compared with the data of 2014. For 38,601 isolated coronary artery bypass grafting procedures (relationship on-/off-pump: 5:1), the unadjusted inhospital mortality was 2.7%. Concerning the 32,346 isolated heart valve procedures (including 10,606 catheter-based implantations) an unadjusted inhospital mortality of 4.4% was observed.

This annual updated registry of the GSTCVS represents voluntary public reporting by accumulating actual information for nearly all heart surgical procedures in Germany, demonstrates advancements in heart medicine, and enables internal/external quality assurance for all participants. In addition, the registry demonstrates that the provision of heart surgery in Germany is appropriate and patients are treated nationwide in a round-the-clock service.