Acute Coronary Syndromes After TAVR: Frequent and Not All Undergo Coronary Angiography

Approximately 10% of patients who undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) are readmitted for an acute coronary syndrome after a mean follow-up of 25 months. Male sex, prior coronary artery disease, and (surprisingly and hard to explain) nontransfemoral approach were independent predictors of acute coronary syndrome after TAVR, an event associated with high midterm mortality.

Cortar las valvas, una medida extrema para evitar la oclusión coronaria post TAVIWhile 50% of patients with aortic stenosis undergoing TAVR have concurrent coronary artery disease, the occurrence and clinical impact of coronary events after the aforementioned procedure remain largely unknown.


This study included all consecutive patients who underwent TAVR between 2007 and 2017. Patients were followed at 1, 6, and 12 months, and then yearly. Acute coronary syndromes were diagnosed and classified according to the Third Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction (which is already obsolete, since the Fourth Definition was presented at the 2018 European Society of Cardiology [ESC] Congress in Munich).

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A total of 779 patients (mean age 79 ± 9 years, 52% male, mean Society of Thoracic Surgeons [STS] mortality score: 6.8 ± 5.1%) were included, 68% of whom had a history of coronary artery disease. At a mean follow-up of 25 months (interquartile range: 10 to 44), 78 patients (10%) experienced at least one episode of acute coronary syndrome. One half of the events occurred within a year after implantation.


Clinical presentation was non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (type 2, according to the Third Definition) in 35.9% of all cases, unstable angina in 34.6% of patients, non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (type 1 according to the Third Definition) in 28.2% of cases, and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in 1.3% of patients.


Male sex doubled the chances of suffering a coronary event (hazard ratio [HR]: 2.19; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.36 to 3.54; p = 0.001), prior coronary artery disease almost tripled that risk (HR: 2.78; 95% CI: 1.50 to 5.18; p = 0.001), and nontransfemoral approach was also associated with higher risk (HR: 1.71; 95% CI: 1.04 to 2.75; p = 0.035).

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Almost 70% of patients underwent a coronary angiography during hospitalization and 56.6% underwent angioplasty. The in-hospital death rate at the time of the acute coronary syndrome episode was 3.8%. At a mean follow-up of 21 months after a hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome, all-cause and cardiovascular death rates were 37.3% and 25.3%, respectively.


Original title: Incidence, Clinical Characteristics, and Impact of Acute Coronary Syndrome Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.

Reference: Victoria Vilalta et al. J Am Coll Cardiol Intv 2018;11:2523-33.

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