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Atrial Flutter

Alternate Names : Auricular Flutter

Atrial Flutter | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Diagnosis of atrial flutter begins with a medical history and physical exam. The actual diagnosis is confirmed with an electrocardiogram, or EKG.

A more specialized test, known as an electrophysiology study, can also be performed to locate the short circuit in the heart's electrical system. This test involves placing a catheter, or thin tube, through the skin and into an artery in the groin. The catheter is then advanced into the heart to map its electrical activity.

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Atrial Flutter: Prevention & Expectations

Author: Bill Harrison, MD
Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
Date Reviewed: 09/25/01

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