Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm where the upper chambers of the heart (atria) beat too quickly.

What is atrial flutter?

Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm where the upper chambers of the heart (atria) beat too quickly. Because they are beating too quickly they may not pump blood through the heart as well as they should. There often is a very rapid pulse (heart beat). It is a problem of the electrical system of the heart.

Atrial flutter is usually not life-threatening but it can increase the risk of stroke. Generally medication therapy is the first treatment. It is similar to but not exactly the same as atrial fibrillation.

What are the symptoms of atrial flutter?

There may be a pounding in the chest (palpitations), a racing heart, shortness of breath, or dizziness. Some people are tired and may feel discomfort in the chest. People may feel all or none of these symptoms.

What treatment is available for atrial flutter?

Ablation is a medical procedure that is done to correct certain heart rhythm problems such as atrial flutter.

Learn more about atrial flutter ablation.

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