Atrial Flutter

When your heart races, it doesn’t pump blood efficiently to the body.

Atrial flutter is a condition in which your heart's upper chambers (the atria) beat too quickly. Similar to atrial fibrillation, it is an abnormal heart rhythm that causes the atria to move out of sync with the lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles). In atrial fibrillation, the heart beats fast and irregularly. With atrial flutter, the heart beats fast, but often at regular intervals. 

The complications of atrial flutter can be devastating, but can usually be prevented with treatment.

Atrial flutter can come and go, or it can last for days or even weeks. The main danger is that the heart does not pump blood very well when it is beating too fast, and with blood moving more slowly, it is more likely to form clots. If a clot is pumped out of the heart, it could travel to the brain and lead to a stroke or heart attack. But with proper treatment, which may include medication, or a procedure called catheter ablation, atrial flutter is rarely life threatening.

Symptoms may include:
• Palpitations
• Fluttering in the chest
• Shortness of breath
• Dizziness
• Chest Pain

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