What is the prognosis of typical 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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The prognosis for patients with typical atrial flutter who undergo catheter ablation is excellent, with a very low recurrence rate. The picture is not as clear for patients with both atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. Some reports have documented fewer episodes of atrial fibrillation after successful flutter ablation; others have not. It is possible that atrial fibrillation may be more responsive to antiarrhythmic agents after atrial flutter has been eliminated.


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