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How is atrial flutter diagnosed?

Diagnosis of atrial flutter begins with a medical history and physical exam. The actual diagnosis is confirmed with an electrocardiogram, or EKG. A healthcare provider diagnoses atrial flutter by examining the person and feeling his or her pulse. The provider also listens to the heart through a stethoscope, checking for the abnormal heartbeats. Since other arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, can lead to a fast pulse, the actual diagnosis is confirmed with an electrocardiogram, or ECG.

A more specialized test, known as an electrophysiology study, can also be performed to locate the short circuit in the heart's electrical system. This test involves placing a catheter, or thin tube, through the skin and into an artery in the groin. The catheter is then advanced into the heart to map its electrical activity.


More information on atrial flutter

What is atrial flutter? - Atrial flutter is a rhythmic, fast rhythm that occurs in the atria of the heart. This rhythm occurs most often in individuals with organic heart disease.
What're the symptoms of atrial flutter? - Symptoms of atrial flutter include regular pulse, low blood pressure, palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or lightheadedness, chest pain.
What're the complications of atrial flutter? - Complications of atrial flutter include clot formation, and sudden death. Sudden death is not directly associated with atrial flutter.
How is atrial flutter diagnosed? - Diagnosis of atrial flutter begins with a medical history and physical exam. The actual diagnosis is confirmed with an electrocardiogram.
What's the treatment for atrial flutter? - For both atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation, the various treatment modalities can be put into two groups: rate control and rhythm control.
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