What is the role of the history and physical exam in the workup of 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 history and physical examination findings guide laboratory studies. Although hyperthyroidism is a rare cause of atrial flutter, asymptomatic hyperthyroidism, especially in elderly patients, can manifest as atrial fibrillation or flutter and should be excluded with thyroid function studies.

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