What are the treatment options for atrial flutter (AFL) in patients needing cardiac surgery?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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In patients who have atrial flutter and need cardiac surgery, modification of the atrial incision and creation of a cryothermal lesion, similar to the lesion created during radiofrequency catheter ablation, can be curative for atrial flutter and may prevent an incisional reentrant arrhythmia.


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