Are operations for mitral valve disease becoming more common?

Operations for mitral valve disease are becoming more common, according to researchers studying trends in this surgery. Researchers identified 87,214 patients at 1,125 centers who had isolated primary mitral valve operations from July 2011 to September 2016. During the study period, the number of mitral valve operations performed per year increased by 24 percent, from 14,442 in 2011 to 17,907 in 2016, with a 44 percent increase in primary mitral operations performed for degenerative disease.

Researchers found that the number of operations performed for mitral valve disease is growing faster than any other category of heart operation and that the results were excellent with low risks of death and complications.

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