Saturday, January 06, 2018 by Zoey Sky
Atrial flutter, also known as AFL, is a health condition or arrhythmia where the atria of the heart has an electrical problem (a re-entry loop) that results in the atria beating at a rapid rate of about 242-360 beats per minute (bpm).
Heart arrhythmia, also called cardiac dysrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, refers to a group of conditions where an individual’s heartbeat is irregular (e.g. it is too fast or too slow).
Atrial flutter is the second most common tachyarrhythmia and atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common. While flutter waves are regular and can be seen as “sawtooth” P waves in electrocardiograms (ECG’s) (typical atrial flutter), electrical conduction blocks can sometimes occur and cause 2:1, 3:1 or 4:1 waves. Flutter waves might even appear as irregular bpm’s that are similar to an irregular arrhythmia.
Only a handful of individuals with atrial flutter will have no symptoms, so keep an eye out for the following:
While the next set of symptoms are less common than the ones listed above, they indicate that your health is in jeopardy:
Risk factors for atrial flutter include “certain medications, existing conditions, and lifestyle choices.” People at risk for atrial flutter often:
When the ventricular rate is very fast, some individuals with atrial flutter – especially older people and those with heart disorders – develop heart failure or chest pain. These people may also develop shock or very low blood pressure, albeit rarely.
The following tips for a heart-healthy diet can help prevent atrial flutter:
Atrial flutter is often treated with:
Atrial flutter, also known as AFL, is a health condition or arrhythmia where the atria of the heart as an electrical problem that results in the atria beating at a rapid rate.
Some individuals with atrial flutter develop heart failure or chest pain. These people can also develop shock or very low blood pressure.
Atrial flutter is often treated with medications, surgery, or alternative therapies.
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