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TAVI simpler, shorter with left ventricular pacing

Key clinical point: Using the guidewire for rapid pacing of the left ventricle (LV) during transcatheter aortic valve implantation – instead of the usual approach, right ventricle (RV) pacing through a lead snaked up the femoral vein – significantly reduced procedure duration, fluoroscopy time, and cost without affecting efficacy or safety.

Major finding: Both procedure duration (48.4 minutes vs. 55.6 minutes; P = .0013) and fluoroscopy time (13.48 minutes vs. 14.6 minutes; P = .02) were shorter in the LV group than in the RV group.

Study details: Randomized, multi-center trial with over 300 TAVI patients

Disclosures: The work was funded by Edwards Lifesciences and others. The lead investigator had no disclosures. The senior author is a proctor for Edwards Lifescienceds.


Faurie B. TCT 2019. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2019 Sep 14. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2019.09.029.