Impact of Permanent Pacemaker

May 26, 2018
What is Impact of Permanent Pacemaker Implantation After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement?

Bottom Line: 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

To Learn More: The full study is available on the For The Media website.

(doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.0088)