Atrial Flutter

Atrial flutter is a type of heart rhythm disorder that occurs in the two upper chambers of the heart, called the atria. Under normal circumstances, electrical impulses generated in the right atrium control the beating of the heart, which in turn pumps blood to other organs in the body. Atrial flutter results from a disruption in those electrical impulses, causing the atria to beat abnormally fast, often in excess of 250 beats per minute. A typical episode of atrial flutter lasts from several hours to several days and is referred to as paroxysmal atrial flutter. A less common version, called persistent atrial flutter, is permanent.

Why UAB

UAB Heart & Vascular Services delivers optimal patient care for heart rhythm disorders. You will be cared for by regional and world leaders in the treatment of heart arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, ventricular tachycardia, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, atrioventricular re-entrant tachycardia, and other heart rhythm abnormalities.

Our physicians evaluate the newest treatments and technologies and author professional publications that advance the field of arrhythmia treatment. Their extensive experience and academic backgrounds ensure that they are familiar with all types of heart rhythm disorders. Our academic medical center performs more than 600 heart rhythm-related procedures each year, and our success in treating all types of complex arrhythmias is well-documented. Our electrophysiologists have access to the UAB Heart and Vascular Center, one of the largest of its kind in the Southeast. It features the most advanced technology available, including four procedural suites dedicated to electrophysiology (the electrical signals in the heart). At UAB Medicine you are part of a program that carries out pioneering work in atrial fibrillation and advanced pacemaker and cardioverter defibrillator design.

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Related Treatments

Depending on your case and your physician’s assessment, your condition may be treated using one or more various procedures. Some of those procedures are listed below for your convenience. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on your specific diagnosis.

Clinical Trials

UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of atrial flutter. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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