Conscious sedation appears safe for TAVR

US researchers report it is as safe and more efficient in many patients

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with conscious sedation is more efficient than TAVR with general anaesthesia and has similar safety and quality-of-life outcomes, an observational study suggests.


US researchers examined the effects of the two approaches on procedural efficiency, long-term safety and quality-of-life in 477 patients with severe aortic stenosis (mean age 82).

Patients were assigned to either conscious sedation (278) or general anaesthetic (199) at the