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Research shows heart surgery deaths dropped after mortality rates released

Five years after the state began collecting and releasing data on deaths associated with heart bypass surgery, the mortality rate associated with the procedure is 27 percent below where it was before, according to a new study by UC Davis researchers. The research does not conclude that publication of the data caused the decline in deaths, only that the trends coincided. But state officials responsible for overseeing the project think there is a connection.