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Symptoms;Because the electrical signal that causes AFL circulates in an organized, predictable pattern, people with atrial flutter usually continue to have a steady heartbeat, even though it is faster than normal.

Common Name:Atrial FlutterScientific Name:Atrial Fibrillation

Treatment;Focal and circumferential catheter ablation are used to try to cure atrial fibrillation. Focal ablation, also known as targeted ablation, is used to destroy the specific areas in the heart that are firing off abnormal electrical impulses and causing atrial fibrillation. Circumferential ablation is used to destroy the tissue that lets atrial fibrillation continue. Sometimes, a doctor uses both focal and circumferential ablation.

Prognosis ;Atrial flutter itself is not considered a life-threatening arrhythmia; however, uncontrolled ventricular rates can lead to impaired ventricular function. Additionally, patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome can develop life-threatening ventricular responses. Consider these patients for catheter ablation of their accessory bypass tract. Data from the Framingham study suggest that patients with atrial fibrillation do not live as long as patients without atrial fibrillation (ie, controls). No data are available on atrial flutter.

Causes;Atrial flutter may be caused by abnormalities of the heart, by diseases of the heart, or by diseases elsewhere in the body that affect the heart. Atrial flutter may also be caused by consuming substances that change the way electrical impulses are transmitted through the heart. Atrial flutter can occur after open heart surgery.



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