Late adverse cerebrovascular events follow 5% of TAVRs

Disabling ischaemic stroke more than 30 days post-procedure occurs most frequently, find researchers

More than 30 days after transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR), 5% of patients experience stroke or TIA, with most of the strokes being disabling, a study shows.


Researchers studied 3750 patients in centres in Canada, France and Spain with a mean age of 80 who underwent TAVR and survived beyond 30 days.

After a median follow-up of just over two years, 5% had a cerebrovascular event with 80% of the events being a stroke (mostly ischaemic) and 20% being a TIA.