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What does an atrial flutter feel like?

What does an atrial flutter feel like?

It Varies: Palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, syncope, fatigue and sometimes none: some people are asymptomatic.

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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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.

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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?

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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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

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Can you exercise with atrial flutter?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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How common is it for somebody to get atrial flutter?

Atrial flutter: Not an uncommon arrhythmia that is not life threatening but can be quite symptomatic.

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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?

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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My brother has atrial flutter. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has atrial flutter. Should I be worried about this?

No: Relatively benign condition and easily treated. Make sure he sees an electrophysiologist who will be able to get rid of that particular arrhythmia fairly easily.

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Dr. Mohamed Kanj
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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