What is the prevalence of atrial flutter (AFL) in the US?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Atrial flutter is much less common than atrial fibrillation. Of the patients admitted to US hospitals with a diagnosis of supraventricular tachycardia between 1985 and 1990, 77% had atrial fibrillation and 10% had atrial flutter. On the basis of a study of patients referred to tertiary care centers, the incidence of atrial flutter in the United States is estimated to be approximately 200,000 new cases per year. [5]


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