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The heart surgery unit in Miami's Veterans Administration Hospital, closed in December over concern that its death rate was too high, was reopened after being cleared by an independent review, said Dr. John W. Ditzler, the VA's chief medical director. The unit "clearly meets agency criteria," Ditzler said, adding that an examination of cardiac care at VA facilities nationwide will still be conducted and that the Miami hospital will be reviewed again in a year.

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