A novel technique to avoid perforation of the right ventricle by the temporary pacing lead during transcatheter aortic valve implantation

Makoto Tanaka, Ryo Yanagisawa, Fumiaki Yashima, Takahide Arai, Yusuke Watanabe, Toru Naganuma, Shinichi Shirai, Motoharu Araki, Norio Tada, Futoshi Yamanaka, Hideyuki Shimizu, Keiichi Fukuda, Masanori Yamamoto, Kentaro Hayashida

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Cardiac tamponade is a life-threatening complication during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), often caused by perforation of the right ventricle (RV) by the temporary pacemaker used for rapid pacing during valve deployment. We aimed to assess the feasibility of performing rapid pacing while maintaining inflation of the pacing lead balloon in the RV during TAVI. Among 749 consecutive patients who underwent TAVI with SAPIEN XT valves between October 2013 and July 2015, 726 treated using rapid pacing with a transvenous balloon-tip lead were enrolled in our study, and were stratified into three groups according to the extent of balloon inflation in the RV as follows: full inflation (n = 100), partial inflation (n = 196), and deflation (n = 430). We compared the following clinical outcomes: pacing lead-related RV perforation, rapid pacing failure, valve malpositioning due to rapid pacing failure, device success, and 30-day mortality. Pacing lead-related RV perforation occurred only in patients in the deflation group (6 cases, 1.4%), but the differences among the groups were not statistically significant (p = 0.13). Rapid pacing failure, but no valve malpositioning, occurred most frequently in patients in the full inflation group (4.0% vs. 0.5% in the other groups, p = 0.004). The rate of device success (> 94%) and the 30-day mortality (2.0%) were similar among the three groups. Partial inflation of the balloon of the pacing lead may reduce the risk of RV perforation without increasing the risk of pacing failure or valve malpositioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-354
Number of pages8
JournalCardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul


  • Aortic stenosis
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Rapid pacing
  • TAVI
  • Temporary pacemaker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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