Thorac cardiovasc Surg 2005; 53(6): 391-399
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-872933

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Cardiac Surgery in Germany during 2004: A Report on Behalf of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

J. F. Gummert1 , A. Funkat1 , A. Krian2
  • 1Department of Cardiac Surgery, Heart Center, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2Department of Cardiac Surgery, Herzzentrum Duisburg, Duisburg, Germany
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Publication History

Received September 10, 2005

Publication Date:
28 November 2005 (online)


All cardiac surgical procedures performed in 79 German cardiac surgical units in the year 2004 are presented in this report, which is based on a voluntary registry organized by the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. A total of 100 830 cardiac surgical procedures (ICD and pacemaker procedures excluded) were reported to the registry for the year 2004, an increase by 1.1 % compared to the year 2003. More than 7.8 % of the patients were older than 80 years. Hospital mortality in 58 144 isolated CABG procedures (7.1 % off pump) was 2.8 %, and 4.5 % in 18 617 isolated valve procedures. This registry is an important tool of the German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery to allow a continuous and voluntary monitoring of quality and to illustrate the development of cardiac surgery in Germany.


Prof. Dr. med. Jan F. Gummert

Universität Leipzig, Herzzentrum
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