What causes morbidity and mortality in atrial flutter (AFL)?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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For the most part, morbidity and mortality result from complications of rate (eg, syncope and congestive heart failure [CHF]). In patients with atrial flutter, the risk of embolic occurrences approaches that seen in atrial fibrillation. Patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome who develop atrial flutter can develop life-threatening ventricular responses and therefore should be considered for catheter ablation of their accessory bypass tract.


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