How is the risk for thromboembolic complications of atrial flutter reduced?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Compared with the general population, patients with atrial flutter are at an increased risk for thromboembolic complications. Adequate anticoagulation has been shown to decrease these complications in patients with chronic atrial flutter and in patients undergoing cardioversion. [22]  The anticoagulation strategy used for atrial fibrillation is also recommended for atrial flutter.


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