MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Harindra C. Wijeysundera MD PhD FRCPC FCCS FAHA
Director of Research, Division of Cardiology,
Schulich Heart Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI)
Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine & Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Adjunct Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)
Toronto, ON, Canada
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: One of the most common complications post TAVR is the need for a permanent pacemaker. It is unclear if the need for a pacemaker is associated with long term adverse outcomes.
Using a population level registry of all TAVR procedures in ontario, canada, we found that pacemakers were required in ~15% of cases. Requiring a pacemaker was associated with worse long term outcomes, including death, readmission to hospital and emergency room visits. Continue reading