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How should atrial flutter be managed?
My husband was hospitalized with A Flutter. They couldn't get it back in rhythm with medicines so they had to shock him. He is on medicine and blood thinners now. Is this a serious problem? What else can be done to take care of this problem?
submitted by Juanita from Highlands, Texas on 8/30/2013
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, J. Alberto Lopez, MD
Atrial Flutter is a common arrhythmia and catheter ablation is the best treatment. Success rates are very high and the possible complications very small. It is far superior than drugs and should be the recommended therapy. Have your cardiologist refer you or self refer to an electrophysiologist (arrhythmia specialist) to discuss the options.
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Updated September 2013