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.
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.
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 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%.
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.