2020 ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on Management of Conduction Disturbances in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: A Report of the American College of Cardiology Solution Set Oversight Committee

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 Nov 17;76(20):2391-2411. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.08.050. Epub 2020 Oct 21.


Consensus regarding a reasonable strategy to manage cardiac conduction disturbances after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been elusive. This is due to the absence of adequately powered, randomized controlled trials; the often transient nature of the conduction disturbances; evolving technologies; and the interplay of cardiology subspecialties involved. In the absence of high-quality trials, numerous practice styles have been developed, and prolonged observation, electrophysiological testing, and pre-emptive pacemaker implantation have been described. Although the 2013 European Society of Cardiology guidelines address pacing post-TAVR, they do not provide in-depth discussion of this topic. Furthermore, a summary and proposed strategy for this problem have not been published by cardiovascular societies in the United States, despite an interest in establishing best practices in TAVR, valvular heart disease, and cardiovascular implantable electrical devices. This document reviews existing data and experience regarding the management of conduction disturbances after TAVR and proposes an evidence-based expert consensus decision pathway for their management. Where evidence is lacking or insufficient, the recommendations herein are based on expert opinion.

Keywords: ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway; delayed high grade atrioventricular block; permanent pacemaker; transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Practice Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Valve Disease / surgery*
  • Cardiac Conduction System Disease / therapy*
  • Decision Support Techniques
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy*
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement*