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Case report
Late ventricular standstill following an elective TAVI
  1. Peter Wheen1,
  2. Richard Armstrong2,
  3. Andrew Maree2 and
  4. Stephen O'Connor2
  1. 1 School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2 Department of Cardiology, St James Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter Wheen; peter.wheen{at}


Transcatheter aortic valve implantations (TAVIs) may be complicated by a need for permanent pacemaker implantation post procedure, usually due to local trauma or compression on the conduction system. There are some features that might help predict that a patient is high risk for developing conduction disease following TAVI, for example, underlying right bundle branch block or use of certain types of TAVI. It might also become apparent during the procedure, or before temporary wire removal post procedure. Higher risk patients may undergo rhythm monitoring for longer periods post TAVI. We present a case where a patient required an unexpected emergency pacemaker following a TAVI, despite low risk clinical features, a low risk baseline ECG, and the use of a low risk TAVI valve. In addition, this very significant conduction disease only became apparent over 72 hours following implantation, despite normal resting ECGs and telemetry up to that point.

  • arrhythmias
  • interventional cardiology
  • pacing and electrophysiology
  • valvar diseases
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  • Contributors PW wrote the draft manuscript, with supervision from SO’C. RA and AM contributed to critical revisions of the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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