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Doctor insights on: Atrial Flutter Ablation Recovery

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Which is better for an atrial flutter: cardioversion or ablation?

Which is better for an atrial flutter: cardioversion or ablation?

Define better please: What does better mean? Initial atrial flutter ablation success rates run around 80-85%. This for the typical flutter variety. A form of atrial flutter called atypical atrial flutter has a much lower success rate. But ablation is invasive, meaning there is inherent risk such as perforation of the heart, pericardial effusion, need for permanent pacemaker implantation, etc. Such risks are very rare

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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Is cardioversion or ablation more effective for treating an atrial flutter?

Cardioversion/ablati: Cardioversion is used to treat individual episodes if they don't recurr frequency, if chronic or recurrent atrial flutter is present, then ablation attempts to prevent the rhythm from recurring long term hopefully permanently.

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I had catheter ablation for atrial flutter at BW. How long before I resume normal exercise. I was a rower & am used to strenuous workouts. I am 62.

A flutter ablation: I would give yourself time to heal. Atrial flutter ablations are not simple and benign procedures. I would make sure you stay in a good rhythm and give yourself a couple of weeks.

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I had catheter ablation for SVT and atrial flutter yesterday. Should I feel a different heartbeat if I'm cured?

Yes: If you were constantly in an abnormal rhythm and the ablation was successful, you should feel different. However, if the rhythm was intermittent it may be more difficult to discern a difference.

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Can I have Atrial Flutter (AF) while wearing a pacemaker for complete heart block? Do I need ablation or it managable by using medication?

Can I have Atrial Flutter (AF) while wearing a pacemaker for complete heart block? Do I need ablation or it managable by using medication?

Complex question: Your best off using HealthTap Prime to ask this question, since it's complex & answer is nuanced. The only problem, as I see it, is that with ongoing AF, you can develop clots (thombus) that can dislodge & cause a stroke. Your heart RATE should be controlled by the pacemaker, so the only adverse effect of AF would be a stroke. This can be mitigated by anticoagulants (blood thinners). Use HT Prime.

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How do you define atrial flutter?

How do you define atrial flutter?

Flutter: Atrial arrhythmia rate 230-270 or so with a particular electrocardiographic pattern from abnormal focus of initiation in the atrium.

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What can cause an atrial flutter?

Several things: In general atrial flutter is often seen in the setting of an enlarged atrium (which in turn is a result of an enlarged left ventricle), or it could be because of underlying congenital heart disease, or it could just happen without any real well known understanding of exactly why.

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What do you recommend for atrial flutter?

Cardioversion: This is the standard of treatment and it is a quick and easy, noninvasive outpatient procedure.

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Are there natural ways to treat atrial flutter?

Nothing natural: Beyond a healthy lifestyle I am not aware of any specific "natural ways" to treat atrial flutter. It may require medications to control heart rate and/ or maintain normal rhythm. Depending on other risk factors you may need blood thinner to prevent stroke. The classic type of atrial flutter can also be cured by a procedure known as ablation.

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What is the definition or description of: atrial flutter?

Abnormal heart beat: Atrial flutter is an abnormally fast heart beat usually originating from the right atrium of the heart. It can cause the rest of the heart to beat very fast (called tachycardia). It may cause symptoms of palpitations, chest pain or shortness of breath, to name a few. This serious issue should be evaluated by your cardiologist, and further treatment is dependent on the particular cause.

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How do I explain atrial flutter to someone in layman terms?

How do I explain atrial flutter to someone in layman terms?

Rapid regular: It is a rapid, usually regular rhythm of the top chambers of the heart caused by a electrical signal spinning around very quickly, usually around 300 bpm. The bottom chambers usually only let no more that every other beat through so the pulse rate is usually 150bpm or 100, or 75.

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What is the treatment for atrial flutter?

What is the treatment for atrial flutter?

Depends...: Treatment of a flutter depends on the type of flutter (typical or atypical), whether it's the 1st episode, the age of the patient, the presence or absence of underlying heart disease, and patient's personal preferences (more medications vs. Procedural approach (ablation). Ablation is an excellent option for typical flutter. You should discuss this with your doctor or an electrophysiologist.

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Can someone live with both atrial flutter and svt?

Svt: flutter is a type of svt, but if you have another type of svt as well, that will be a second type. Catheter ablation is a cure for most svt types- ask your doc please.

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Is Atrial Flutter serious and can it be induced by Flecainide?

Atrial flutter: Atrial flutter is similar to atrial fibrillation. Both are significant arrhythmias. When atrial fibrillation is treated with flecainide, sometimes the rhythm is converted to atrial flutter instead of to sinus rhythm. Sometimes after the atrial flutter appears, and flecainide is continued sinus rhythm eventuates. Both afib and aflutter are appropriately anticoagulated. Discuss with your Doctor.

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What's the difference between atrial flutter and svt- and can they happen at the same time?

What's the difference between atrial flutter and svt- and can they happen at the same time?

Similar-different: Both originate with the "pace-maker" in the right atrium. In svt, it leads to a sinus rhythm over 100-140 beats per min (bpm). Atrial flutter is a specific type of svt that causes (by definition) an atrial rate of around 300 bpm. Depending on the electrical conduction of that heart, it will lead to a ventricular rate of some multiple of 300 (150, 100, 75, etc).

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How many types of atrial flutter?

Practical: From a practical standpoint think of it as one. No need to go beyond that. If a specific case arises, see a cardiac electrophysiologist (EPS) for further definition

Flutter (Definition)

Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm in the top of the heart in which the top of the heart beats very fast but very regularly (as opposed to atrial fibrillation which is always irregular) and can lead to a rapid heart rate and ...Read more


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Atrial Flutter (Definition)

An abnormally fast heart beat usually originating from the right atrium of the heart. It can cause the rest of the heart to beat ...Read more