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What are some highly rated heart surgery hospitals?

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Highly rated heart surgery hospitals as of July 2015 include the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and the New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, states U.S. News & World Report. The hospital assessment uses objective data from three years of physician surveys on patient safety, patient death rates for challenging cases and other performance measures.

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The U.S. News & World Report survey has given Cleveland Clinic the top rating for heart surgery programs every year since 1995, states Cleveland Clinic. The American Heart Association recognizes Cleveland Clinic with its Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Certification for the excellent care it provides to heart failure patients. Cleveland Clinic also receives a top rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons based on the quality of its aortic valve replacement surgery and coronary artery bypass surgery.

Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular surgery practice performs over 4,000 heart surgeries annually, explains Mayo Clinic. U.S. News & World Report considers it one of the top hospitals for children's heart surgery. The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization has awarded its campuses as life support centers of excellence.

New York-Presbyterian hospital ranks highly not only for heart surgery but as one of the best all-around hospitals in the United States, according to New York-Presbyterian. In a survey that Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. conducted, New York-Presbyterian has the most top-ranked doctors in the nation.

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