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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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Please can you explain what atrial flutter with variable av block compatible with a bundle branch block. Possible inferior infarction, probably old is?

Please can you explain what atrial flutter with variable av block compatible with a bundle branch block. Possible inferior infarction, probably old is?

ECG interpretation.: Atrial flutter: your heart rhythm is abnormal (the atria are contracting very rapidly); variable block: there are a variable number of atrial contractions for every ventricular contraction. A bundle branch block: the ECG complex representing each ventricular contraction is widened due to a block of one branch of your heart's conduction system. Q waves on the ECG suggest an infarct (? Age). ...Read more

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Is it possible to have Atrial Flutter when on PPM? (Dual Chamber PPM for Complete heart block, range 60-150 bpm). What will happened in that scenario?

Is it possible to have Atrial Flutter when on PPM? (Dual Chamber PPM for Complete heart block, range 60-150 bpm). What will happened in that scenario?

Pacemakers do not: Control atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Pacemakers do one thing only and that is make slow hearts go faster. Some pacemakers have special tachycardia recognition and pacing treatments which may help control atrial arrhythmias but it is entirely possible to have atrial flutter with a pacemaker. If programmed well this should not be an issue. If not you might experience fast heart beats. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Ekg say flat t waves in v4v5v6.Check av block of higher degree. Absolute arrhythmia, atrial flutter. Inferior myocardial infarction, probably old, normal?

Ekg say flat t waves in v4v5v6.Check av block of higher degree. Absolute arrhythmia, atrial flutter. Inferior myocardial infarction, probably old, normal?

It is hard to: Say based on your description, but it sounds abnormal of course, you should see if there is a clinical correlation. Review it with your doctor and compare it with old ekgs. This will help determine the next best step. ...Read more

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What is atrial flutter?

What is atrial flutter?

An atrial arrhythmia: The two top chambers of the 4chamber heart are called atria. The normal heartbeat is set off in sinus node, a concentrated bundle of heart cells that sets off the lub (contraction of atria) of the lub dub. Every single heart cell has the capacity to depolarize & set the chambers into contraction. Atrial fibrillation or flutter causes chaotic atrial contrctns. Ekg in flutter looks like a saw tooth. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Can you exercise with atrial flutter?

Yes, but...: Atrial flutter requires medical evaluation and if it is chronic, you may need to be on an anticoagulant. Please consult with your doctor before engaging in exercise to identify the root cause of the flutter. ...Read more

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What are the tests for atrial flutter?

What are the tests for atrial flutter?

Electrocardiogram: If the atrial flutter is ongoing then a standard electrocardiogram will show it. If it only occurs on occasion, then home monitoring devices known as "event recorders" can be used so that the patient can record an electrocardiogram when he\she feels the symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atrial flutter?

Butterflies: Butterflies in chest or a palpitations can indicate atrial fib or flutter. Make sure your blood pressure controlled. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an atrial flutter?

Less common than AF: Atrial fluter less common than atrial fibrillation, and is often a indcator of future atrial fibrillation onset. You may not notice them, or you may feel a flutering in your chest. Atrial flutter can be caused by scarring in the heart resulting from prior cardiac disease or heart surgery, but it can also occur in some patients with no other identifiable heart problems. ...Read more

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Can I die from atrial flutter if I ignore it?

No doubt: You can die from drinking too much water but it's unlikely. Untreated atrial flutter usually causes a heart rate of 150 which is annoying for most people and, over several months, will weaken the heart muscle leading to heart failure. Blood clots can form inside the atria increasing the risk of stroke. Don't mess with atrial flutter - it needs attention. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does atrial flutter usually cause many symptoms?

Does atrial flutter usually cause many symptoms?

Sometimes: Many people with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter will experience a racing and irregular heartbeat, lightheadness, and feeling off. Some people have no symptoms at all, however. An ekg can pick up this condition. ...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