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Atrial Flutter

What is Atrial Flutter?

Atrial Flutter, or AFL, is the abnormal rhythm of the heart’s upper chambers (atria). A common but critical condition, AFL causes the atria to beat too quickly. This can lead to more rapid contractions in the lower chambers and increase the speed of the heartbeats.

What are the causes and symptoms of atrial flutter?

While there is no single cause, AFL can be the result of disease or other problems already present in the heart or other parts of the body, such as:

  • Ischemia (low blood flow to the heart)
  • Hypertension (low blood pressure)
  • Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in a blood vessel of the lung)
  • Abnormal heart valves
  • Cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle)

Atrial flutter is often characterized by shortness of breath, dizziness, and palpitations (a racing heart), but not all people with AFL experience symptoms. However, even if no symptoms are present, the condition can lead to stroke, heart failure, or further complications if left untreated.

How is atrial flutter treated?

AFL is a form of arrhythmia, so its diagnosis and treatment are similar to other types of irregular heart function. Your doctor will perform an electrocardiogram, or EKG, to record your heartbeat and identify the specific type of arrhythmia you may have, determine your risk, and create a suitable treatment plan.

AFL treatment plans are generally designed to:

  1. Control the heart rate
  2. Restore a normal heart rate
  3. Prevent future episodes
  4. Prevent stroke

This can often be accomplished through medication, but may require cardioversion (electric shock) in more severe cases.

CardioVascular Health Clinic offers state-of-the-art facilities and a team of dedicated medical professionals who are committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart conditions. We use only the latest technology and methods to deliver personalized, high-quality care to all of our patients.

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms of atrial flutter, or are concerned about your risk, call CardioVascular Health Clinic today at (405) 701-9880 to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online.

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