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Cardiovascular Care

The Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is dedicated exclusively to delivering all aspects of heart and vascular care to you and your family. The CVI combines cardiovascular medicinecardiac surgery and vascular and endovascular surgery.

When choosing a hospital, patients in need of cardiac care should consider the hospitals experience, patient outcomes, efficiency of care and patient satisfaction with care.

Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery BIDMC Performance
CY 2013
Comparison
CY 2013
National Composite Rating Stars
***
3 Star Rating is highest nationally (1)

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) is a cardiac surgery in which the blocked coronary artery is bypassed with the patient's own vessel to improve the blood flow to the heart.  Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) is an operation in which CABG is the only major cardiac surgery performed (without valve or heart rhythmn surgery).

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

BIDMC
Performance
CY 2013

National Performance
CY 2013 (1)
Volume of Surgeries - Total
A higher number is better.
444 Not available
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
(Isolated CABG)
BIDMC Performance
CY 2013
 National Performance 
CY 2013 (1)
Volume of Surgeries
A higher number is better.
305 Not available
Mortality Rate - In Hospital
A lower percentage is better.
0.5% 1.2%
Mortality Rate -30 days from Surgery (Risk Adjusted) 
A lower percentage is better.
1.2% 1.6%
Average Length of Stay After Surgery
A lower number is better.
5.8 days 6.8 days
Aspirin Prescribed at Discharge
A higher percentage is better.
99.7% 98.9%
Beta Blockers Prescribed at Discharge 
A higher percentage is better.
99.7% 98.4%
Lipid Lowering Therapy Prescribed at Discharge 
A higher percentage is better.
99.3% 97.6%
Use of Internal Mammary Artery Graft (IMA) 
A higher percentage is better.
100% 98.4%

Aortic Valve Replacement

Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) is a cardiac surgery for treatment of narrowing (stenosis) or leakage (regurgitation) of the aortic valve. Sometimes, the valve can be repaired, but most often, it is replaced with a valve made of animal tissue or a mechanical valve. Isolated AVR (Aortic Valve Replacement) is an operation in which AVR is the only major cardiac surgery performed (without CABG or heart rhythmn surgery).

Aortic Valve Replacement

BIDMC
Performance
CY 2013

National Performance
CY 2013 (1)
Volume of Surgeries - Total
A higher number is better.
237 Not available
Aortic Valve Replacement
(Isolated AVR)
BIDMC Performance
CY 2013
 National Performance 
CY 2013 (1)
Volume of Surgeries
A higher number is better.
98 Not available
Mortality Rate - In Hospital
A lower percentage is better.
1.1% 1.8%
Mortality Rate -30 days from Surgery (Risk Adjusted) 
A lower percentage is better.
1.1% 2.3%
Average Length of Stay after Surgery 
A lower number is better.
6.2 days 7.4 days
Volume of Surgeries - Isolated
AVR Surgeries over 3 Years*.
278
Includes CY11 - CY13
Not available
Mortality Rate - 30 Days from Surgery over 3 Years (Risk Adjusted).
A lower number is better.
1.8%
Includes CY11 - CY13
2.8%

Interventional Cardiology

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) is the insertion of a catheter (tube) into an artery supplying the heart muscle to reduce the narrowing to improve blood flow to the heart. Sometimes, a metal stent is inserted to keep the artery propped open.

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) BIDMC Performance
CY 2013
National Performance
CY 2013
Volume of Procedures 
A higher number is better.
1,076 459 (3)
Heart Attack Patients Given PCI within 90 Minutes of Arrival 
A higher percentage is better.
97% 96% (2)

1Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database; January - December, 2013 data and reports 

2The source of the comparison for these measures is Hospital Compare, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, August 2014.

3 Levine GN, Bates ER, Blankenship JC, et al. 2011 ACCF/AHA/SCAI Guideline for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011;58(24):e44-e122. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2011.08.007. 

Last updated: September 2014 

Contact Information

Silverman Institute for Health Care Quality and Safety
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-1325