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Atrium is Fluttering Overview

Another name for Atrium is Fluttering is Atrial Flutter.

What is atrial flutter?
A person with atrial flutter has a very fast pulse because the atria of the heart are beating too rapidly. Left untreated, atrial flutter can lead to heart attack or heart failure.

What are the symptoms of atrial flutter?
Common symptoms of atrial flutter include rapid pulse, palpitations, dizziness, and weakness. Less commonly seen symptoms include chest pain, breathing difficulty and fainting.

How does the doctor treat atrial flutter?
Treatment for atrial flutter may include mediations to control the heart rate or convert the heartbeat to a normal sinus rhythm. Other treatment measures include cardioversion, radiofrequency catheter ablation, and blood thinners to reduce the risk of stroke.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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