Atrial flutter: A focus on treatment options for a common supraventricular tachyarrhythmia

Peter Andrew, Annibale S. Montenero

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Abstract

Atrial flutter (AFl), a re-entrant atrial tachycardia, is a cardiac rhythm disturbance that arises in the upper chambers of the heart. This usually non-life-threatening condition can be treated by a number of medical intervention strategies, which include electrical cardioversion, pharmacological therapy, and catheter ablation. These options have been available in clinical practice for a number of years. However, catheter ablation, in the form of radiofrequency catheter ablation and cryo catheter ablation, is increasingly utilised as a first-line treatment option for AFl in certain patients. The purpose of this review article is two-fold: first, to briefly present an overview of AFl and the more familiar treatment options for this arrhythmia, and second to provide more in-depth coverage of catheter ablation technologies as a treatment option for patients with AFl. As part of the latter objective, recent clinical studies documenting the use of radiofrequency catheter ablation and cryo catheter ablation for AFl are presented and their results briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-567
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Volume8
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007

Keywords

  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial flutter
  • Catheter ablation
  • Cavotricuspid isthmus
  • Cryoablation
  • Radiofrequency catheter ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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