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What criteria are used to determine the top heart surgeons?

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Top cardiac surgeons in the United States are rated on a variety of factors including how well surgical teams perform in terms of survival rates, the absence of complications, overall performance and other key measures, according to Consumer Reports. The criteria for rating or ranking surgeons is fairly strict.

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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has an Adult Cardiac Surgery Database that includes more than four million surgical records covering 90 percent of the 1,100 surgical groups in the United States that perform cardiac surgery, states Consumer Reports. This makes it the largest registry in the world of its kind. Consumer Reports publishes ratings about participating surgical groups based on this information four times per year. Surgical groups that do not participate should still provide their overall rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons with patients upon request.

Patients considering cardiac surgery may also choose to go to one of the top five cardiac hospitals in the United States, which are ranked according to survival, patient safety, reputation with specialists, advanced technologies, nursing intensity and certification of high nursing standards, explains U.S. News & World Report. The top cardiac hospitals in the United States are Cleveland Clinic; Mayo Clinic; New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell; Duke University Hospital; and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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