What is impact of permanent pacemaker implantation after transcatheter aortic valve replacement?

May 25, 2018

BottomLine: The need for a patient to have a permanent pacemaker implanted while hospitalized after undergoing a transcatheter aortic valve replacement is a complication associated with worse survival and increased risk of more time spent in the hospital then and in the future.

Why The Research Is Interesting: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a common treatment for patients with severe narrowing of the aorta. Complications are a concern, in particular TAVR-related conduction disturbances and the need to have a permanent pacemaker implanted. Research on the impact of having a permanent pacemaker implanted has been inconsistent.

Authors: Harindra C. Wijeysundera, M.D., Ph.D., of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada, and coauthors

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