Talk:Atrial flutter

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AFFIRM specifically enrolled patients with atrial fibrillation, not flutter. The trial has no place in this article. If you are aware of a trial that looked at mortality outcomes with atrial flutter (cardioversion vs. rate-control) I would like to read it. Axl 20:33, 4 Nov 2004 (UTC)

An image of the action of the heart during flutter would greatly improve this article. Exploding Boy 23:50, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Symptoms section appears to be missing some text at the start

I've addressed the symptoms section... I would argue that it should be kept pretty simple. The issue of AV conduction block needs to be dealt with somewhere early in the mechanism section and not just at the end in the section on treatment with rate control... I'll try to come back and address this soon.Toombes 03:11, 24 July 2007 (UTC)

ECG criteria[edit]

doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2006.06.013 - ECG criteria need revising; F waves in the frontal plane are the most specific. JFW | T@lk 14:32, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

History[edit]

PMID 9083886 JFW | T@lk 11:30, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

Quicker: doi:10.1111/j.1540-8167.1997.tb00799.x JFW | T@lk 11:33, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

Questions to help clarify article[edit]

This is from the article:

Catheter ablation of the isthmus is a procedure usually available in the electrophysiology laboratory. Eliminating conduction through the isthmus prevents reentry, and if successful, prevents the recurrence of the atrial flutter. Type II flutter follows a significantly different re-entry pathway to type I flutter, and is typically faster, usually 340–430 beats/minute.

1) Is catheter ablation specifically relevant to type I or does it also apply to type II? Mention of ablation after type I suggests to me the former.

2) "Available in the electrophysiology laboratory" Why in a laboratory as opposed to a hospital or clinic? Is the terminology geographically specific? In at least some places in Canada, the procedure is done in a hospital.

Thanks, CBHA (talk) 01:41, 21 December 2008 (UTC)


The current article wording (June 2009) includes: "Because of the reentrant nature of atrial flutter, it is often possible to ablate the circuit that causes atrial flutter. " The Wikipedia note on "reentrant" gives 3 senses, none of which fit here. What does reentrant mean in this article? Thanks. CBHA (talk) 17:02, 20 June 2009 (UTC)