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Atrial Flutter - An Overview

The atrial flutter is a form of supraventricular arrhythmia. Atrial Flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm due to an electrical short circuit in one of the upper chambers of your heart, termed the right or Left atrium. During an atrial flutter, your heart beats in a fast but consistent pattern. During Atrial Flutter, the upper chamber rate goes up to 300-350 beats/min.

The heart experiences irregular atrial racing during atrial flutter, unlike A-Fib, where the heart beats rhythmically. Atrial flutter also hampers the heart’s efficiency in circulating blood. The condition requires immediate treatment by an expert specialist like Dr.Karthigesan. If not, it can damage the heart muscle and increase the risk of blood clots or stroke.

With expertise in treating atrial flutter and other cardiac conditions, Dr. Karthigesan is the go-to specialist for comprehensive care and effective treatment options. Trust in his experience and dedication to ensure your heart health and overall well-being.

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Types of Atrial Flutter

There are three types of Atrial Flutter categorised according to your electrocardiogram results. Among these, the typical atrial flutter is the most common one.

Typical Atrial Flutter
The abnormal electrical signals moves in an anticlockwise direction in your right atrium.
Reverse Typical Atrial Flutter
The abnormal electrical impulses move clockwise in your right atrium.
Atypical Atrial Flutter
The abnormal electrical impulses may occur in your right or left atrium due to previous heart surgeries or valvular heart diseases.

Atrial Flutter Treatment

Our atrial flutter treatment depends on your existing health issues, the severity of your condition, and your body’s reaction to the medication. Dr. Karthigesan will diagnose and assess your condition before going for any of the following options to treat atrial flutter. Our treatment options include:


Atrial flutters increase your risk of brain stroke. To prevent this, we prescribe blood thinners and other medications to regulate your heart rate.


Our doctors perform cardioversion with medication or an electrical shock to restore your heart rhythm and rate to normal.

Cardiac Ablation

Cardiac ablation is a procedure to regulate your heartbeat using radiofrequency energy with advanced 3D mapping technology. In comparison to medications, it has a higher success rate in curing atrial flutter.


For those who have valvular heart problems and need an open heart surgery to treat the it, atrial flutter can also be treated along with it.
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Atrial Flutter - Your Queries Answered

The short circuit drives the pumping chambers very rapidly and sometimes erratically, which leads to the ineffective pumping function of the upper chambers. This leads to slow blood flow in both upper chambers (the left and right atrium). This can rarely cause blood clots and possibly stroke. One of the significant reasons to cure atrial flutter is to prevent this risk of stroke. Also, continous heart rate can weaken the heart muscles and lead to heart failure.

Although atrial flutter is challenging to treat with medical therapy, there are situations where our doctors will deliver DC shock to restore a normal heart rhythm. However, there are high chances of another atrial flutter recurrence within a year.

Another atrial flutter treatment option is radiofrequency 3D mapping-guided radiofrequency ablation with a smart touch catheter. This solution has a 95% success rate in curing atrial flutter, and the risk of recurrence is less than 5%.

Atrial flutter can lead to several complications, such as:

  • Formation of blood clots leading to heart attacks or stroke
  • Weakened heart muscle due to the fast heart rate
  • A rapid heartbeat prevents your heart ventricles from filling with blood.
  • Drop in blood pressure leads to heart failure when your heart fills with less blood.

You are at risk for atrial flutter if you have the following problems:

  • Heart failure or other heart conditions
  • Heart surgeries
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity or diabetes
  • Thyroid issues
  • Intake of alcohol
  • Antidepressant, bronchodilators, and cancer medication intake

You should seek our help if you notice that:

  • Your heart rate is abnormally high or low
  • You are more prone to bruises and bleeds

You can also consult Dr Karthigesan if you have any queries or concerns about atrial flutter and how to take care of yourself.

Both atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation are supraventricular arrhythmias that are quite similiar. When atrial flutter occurs, it can lead to atrial fibrillation and vice versa unless treated immediately.

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