England and Wales are the best places in Europe to undergo a heart surgery after a recent report revealed that both the places reported nearly a quarter less deaths compared to other countries.
Published by The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, the survey is the first of its kind to have taken place with data collected from more than 23 countries in Europe.
According to the report, the average number of deaths caused during a coronary artery bypass surgery across the 23 countries was 2.4 percent while the rate was 1.4 in Wales and 1.8 in England. Overall, death rates in England and Wales are 25 percent less than the European average while the number of inpatient days are 10 percent shorter.
Says Nigel Edwards, acting chief executive of the NHS Confederation, "The results from the cardiac database are a source of unalloyed good news for the NHS and patients. Many lives will have been saved as a result of the improvements behind these figures and it is a tribute to the hard work of NHS staff."