New! Work out your own euroSCORE!

    What does EuroSCORE mean?

It stands for European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation.

    Why do we need this?

EuroSCORE is a method of predicting the chances of dying during or shortly after undergoing heart surgery.

    How was it developed?

Nearly 20 thousand patients from 128 hospitals in eight European countries were studied. Information was collected on 97 risk factors in all the patients. The outcome (survival or death) was related to the preoperative risk factors. The most important, reliable and objective risk factors were then used to prepare a scoring system. This scoring system is EuroSCORE.

    Has it been tested elsewhere?

Yes. An increasing number of European hospitals have tested EuroSCORE on their own patients and against other scoring systems. It is performing very well. You can see a selection of articles here.

    Where can I find out more?

The original papers on EuroSCORE were presented at the Brussels 1998 meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. The key paper can be downloaded in PDF format. You can see the other articles.

    How does the scoring system work?

It is simple. If a risk factor is present in a patient, a weight or number is assigned. The weights are added to give an approximate percent predicted mortality. .

    So what is patient euroSCORE ?

euroSCORE is a tool that was designed for your doctors to work out how risky your heart operation is. EuroSCORE gives an idea of the likely risk if a group of patients (exactly like you) have a similar operation to yours. This information is useful in guiding your doctor whether to advise you to have surgery. Patient euroSCORE is a system that has been designed to allow patients to work out their own euroSCORE.

All operations and other treatments have benefits and risks. It is important to remember that euroSCORE can only tell you about the risks and not the benefits. Your doctors may be recommending that you have surgery because they think that the benefits outweigh these risks. Although your exact score can only be determined by someone who has access to your detailed medical history, it is likely you will know most of this so will be able to work out your own EuroSCORE.

This is called patient euroSCORE, and you can use it here.