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Volume 32, Nº 5, September and October 2019


DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.5935/2359-4802.20190020


Incidence of Conduction Disorders and Requirements for Permanent Pacemaker After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Marcela Cedenilla dos Santos

Cristiane da Cruz Lamas

Fabiula Schwartz de Azevedo

Alexandre Siciliano Colafranceschi

Clara Weksler

Leandro Cordeiro Dias Rodrigues

Gustavo de Castro Lacerda

Dr. Marcela Cedenilla dos Santos


Background: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become a therapeutic option for high-risk or nonoperable patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. Atrioventricular conduction disturbances requiring permanent pacemaker (PPM) are a common and clinically important complication.

Objectives: To evaluate the incidence of conduction disorders (CDs) after TAVI and the need for subsequent PPM implantation. To identify the predictors of postoperative PPM implantation.

Methods: Retrospective study. All patients who underwent TAVI in a public hospital from December/2011 to June/2016 were included. Multivariate analysis was conducted to establish the predictor of permanent pacemaker implantation. Survival curves were constructed by the Kaplan-Meyer method. Statistically significant variables were those with p value < 0.05.

Results: 64 patients with AS underwent TAVI. Eleven patients were excluded. TAVI induced a new CD in 40 (77%) of the remaining 53 patients. The most common new CDs were 3rd degree AV block (32%) and left bundle branch block (30%). Sixteen patients (30,2%) underwent PPM implantation during the index hospitalization. On univariate analysis the risk factors for PPM implantation were CoreValve® use (OR: 1,76; P = 0,005), larger prosthesis implantation (P = 0,015), presence of a QRS ≥ 120 ms (OR: 5,62; P = 0,012), and 1st degree AV block (OR: 13; P = 0.008). On multivariate analysis the presence of 1st degree AV block predicted the need for PPM.

Conclusion: TAVI induced CDs requiring PPM in 30% of the patients. The presence of 1st degree AV block predicted the need for PPM. (Int J Cardiovasc Sci. 2019;32(5):492-504)

Keywords: Atrioventricular Block; Bundle-Branch Block; Aortic Valve Stenosis/therapy; Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation/methods.