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Heart bypass deaths fall as care, reporting improve
San Francisco Chronicle

Patient deaths after heart bypass surgeries at California hospitals plummeted 34 percent between 2003 and 2009, newly released statistics show – a drop that may reflect the power of publicly reporting medical results as well as improvements in cardiac care. Experts believe that having to report the results pushed hospitals to work harder to improve their success numbers in bypass operations, and that one major technique has been turning toward alternatives to the surgery.