What is it?

Atrial flutter is type of rhythmic heart condition (arrhythmia), that is characterized by a rapid heart beat but with a regular pattern.

What are the symptoms?

Atrial flutter manifests as a fast heartbeat or palpitations with a regular pattern. Some patients may also experience the following:

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Trouble in everyday activities or poor tolerance to exercise.
  • Chest pain or heaviness.

What to expect?

If you are diagnosed with atrial flutter, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:

  • Was there a specific cause found?
  • Is there a need for investigations to assess and evaluate your condition? If so, what preparations do you need prior to testing?
  • Some patients with atrial flutter may have other medical conditions such as such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Do you need a stricter control of these medical conditions?
  • Patients with atrial flutter are prescribed medication they will need to use lifelong. Is this the case for you as well?
  • A healthy diet, quitting smoking and an active lifestyle can help improve overall health and well-being. Which changes can you make in your lifestyle?
  • Patients with atrial flutter have a regular follow-up with their doctor. How often do you need to visit your doctor?

After initial treatment, you can also do the following:

  • Control your body weight.
  • Get regular exercise, such as walking, running, biking, and swimming.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and limit your intake of sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
  • Drink lots of water.

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