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What is the meaning of atrial flutter?

Atrial Flutter. Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm that technically falls under the category of supra-ventricular tachycardias. Atrial flutter is typically not a stable rhythm and will frequently degenerate into atrial fibrillation. Atrial Flutter will usually present with atrial rates between 240-350 beats per minute.

What is the rate of flutter in atrial flutter (AFL)?

Figure 1. Typical atrial flutter. The atrial rate (i.e the rate measured between flutter waves) typically ranges between 250 and 350 beats per minute (which is slower than the atrial rate in atrial fibrillation ). The atrioventricular node is not capable of conducting all impulses, which is why some impulses will be blocked.

How long does atrial flutter last?

However, it does rarely persist for months to years. Similar to the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter also leads to poor contraction of the atrial chambers of the heart.

How is atrial flutter differentiated from supraventricular tachycardia?

A supraventricular tachycardia with a ventricular heart rate of 150 beats per minute is suggestive (though not necessarily diagnostic) of atrial flutter. Administration of adenosine in the vein (intravenously) can help medical personnel differentiate between atrial flutter and other forms of supraventricular tachycardia.

What is atrial flutter (a-flutter)?

Atrial Flutter(A-Flutter) is an abnormal fluttering heart rhythm that occurs in the atria portion of the heart. A-Flutter is generally characterized with a rapid increase in the patient heart rate over 100 Beats per minute (tachycardia)n classified as Supraventricular Tachycardia.

What is the relationship between atrial flutter and tachycardia?

In rare situations, atrial flutter associated with a fast heart rate persists for an extended period of time without being corrected to a normal heart rhythm and leads to a tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy.

What does it mean when your heart flutters fast?

Atrial flutter means your heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. When blood flow slows, clots are more likely to form. If one travels to the brain, it can cause a stroke. A fast heartbeat also makes the heart muscle weaker over time.

What are the goals of atrial flutter treatment?

Goals of Atrial Flutter Treatment. Control your heart rate: The first treatment goal is to control the ventricular rate. If you have serious symptoms, like chest pain or congestive heart failure related to the ventricular rate, the doctor will lower your heart rate rapidly with IV medications or electrical shock.

How long does it take for atrial flutter to go away?

How long does atrial flutter last? Atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation lasts for variable times. In some people, it can convert to normal sinus rhythm often within a week or so, or it can continue constantly for weeks or months.

Can atrial flutter be a persistent rhythm?

Occasionally, it is a persistent rhythm. Atrial flutter as a stable, chronic rhythm is unusual, as it usually reverts either to sinus rhythm or to atrial fibrillation, either spontaneously or as a result of treatment. However, atrial flutter has been reported to be present for up to 20 years or more.

How long does atrial fibrillation (AFIB) last?

Atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation lasts for variable times. In some people, it can convert to normal sinus rhythm often within a week or so, or it can continue constantly for weeks or months. Some patients may have flutter waves that last less than a day, spontaneously terminate, but return irregularly and are termed paroxysmal atrial flutter.

Is the approach to long term treatment of atrial flutter changing?

Recent improvements in the efficacy of catheter ablation techniques and the long recognised difficulty in achieving adequate chronic suppression of atrial flutter with drug treatment have significantly affected the approach to long term treatment of atrial flutter.

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