What is the role of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in the treatment 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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Given its high success rate and low complication rate, RFA is superior to medical therapy. Successful ablation reduces or eliminates the need for long-term antiarrhythmic medications and anticoagulation (unless the patient also has atrial fibrillation).


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