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Atrial fibrillation tied to mortality, bleeding, stroke after TAVI

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In intermediate risk patients, the TAVR is found to have better outcomes

Atrial fibrillation (AF) appears to be linked to poor outcomes following transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), such as mortality and stroke, according to a new meta-analysis.

Eleven studies (n=11,757) were eligible for inclusion in the meta-analysis, of which seven compared new-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) with sinus rhythm populations in terms of mortality. Pairwise meta-analysis showed higher short-term mortality in NOAF (odds ratio [OR], 2.98; p=0.002) and pre-AF (OR, 2.7; p=0.004) than in sinus rhythm patients.

Long-term mortality was also significantly higher in NOAF (OR, 2.3; p<0.0001) and pre-AF (OR, 2.8; p<0.0001) patients.

Similarly, NOAF patients experienced significantly more frequent stroke cases in both short- (OR, 2.1; p<0.0001) and long-term (OR, 1.9; p<0.0001) follow-ups compared with sinus rhythm groups. Strokes were more common in pre-AF patients only in long-term follow-ups (OR, 1.3; p=0.03).

Compared with sinus rhythm groups, bleeding was similarly significantly more common in NOAF patients in short-term follow-up (OR, 1.5; p=0.002) but only marginally significant in long-term follow-ups (OR, 1.27; p=0.07). No significant differences in bleeding was found between sinus rhythm and pre-AF patients.

Similar findings were obtained in the network meta-analysis. Both NOAF and pre-AF were associated with higher mortality at short-term (OR, 2.7; p=0.002 and OR, 2.5; p=0.002, respectively) and long-term (OR, 2.5; p<0.0001 and OR, 2.7; p<0.0001, respectively) follow-ups compared with sinus rhythm.

NOAF significantly increased the rate of stroke both at short- (OR, 2.01; p<0.001) and long-term (OR, 1.59; p=0.01) follow-ups, while the risk of major bleeding was significantly higher only in the short-term follow-ups (OR, 1.54; p=0.003).

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