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Treatment for Atrial Flutter
How is atrial flutter treated?
Treatments can help you feel better and prevent future problems, especially stroke and heart failure.
The main types of treatment slow the heart rate and help prevent stroke. Your treatment will depend on the cause of your atrial flutter, your symptoms, and your risk for stroke. Treatments include:
- Medicines to slow your heart rate. They may also help relieve your symptoms. Or you may take a medicine to try to stop the flutter from happening.
- Blood-thinning medicines to help prevent stroke. You and your doctor can decide if you will take medicine to lower your risk.
- Electrical cardioversion to stop atrial flutter. An electric current is used to shock the heart back to a normal rhythm.
- Catheter ablation to stop atrial flutter. Thin wires are used to send energy to destroy the tiny areas of heart tissue that are causing atrial flutter.