Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Atrium is Fluttering Catheter Ablation

Radiofrequency catheter ablation may be used to treat atrial flutter in those who do not respond to treatment with medication or electrical cardioversion. During this procedure, a thin catheter is inserted in a blood vessel and the end is threaded into the heart. The catheter tip can generate electrical current and heat. The cardiologist performing the procedure uses the catheter to make pinpoint burns in the tissue on the inside surface of the heart. The pinpoint burns interrupt the electric signals from the tissue that cause atrial flutter. About 80 to 90 percent of people are cured after this procedure.

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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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