Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Same-Day Discharge for Selected Patients: a Case Series


Internal Medicine

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European Heart Journal - Case Reports


Background: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in drastic changes to the practice of medicine, requiring healthcare systems to find solutions to reduce the risk of infection. Using a case series, we propose a protocol for same-day discharge (SDD) for selected patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using real-time remote cardiac monitoring. Six patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis underwent TAVR and were discharged on the same day.

Case summary: Six patients with symptomatic severe native or bioprosthetic aortic valve stenosis underwent a successful transfemoral TAVR using standard procedures, including the use of rapid atrial pacing to assess the need for permanent pacemaker implantation. Following TAVR, patients were monitored on telemetry in the recovery area for 3 h, ambulated to assess vascular access stability, and discharged with real-time remote cardiac monitoring if no new conduction abnormality was observed. The patients were seen by tele-visits within 2 days and 2 weeks after discharge.

Discussion: Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, SDD following successful transfemoral TAVR may be feasible for selected patients and reduce potential COVID-19 exposure.



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