Atrial Flutter Ablation
Atrial flutter occurs when the atria are stimulated to contract at 200-350 beats per minute usually because electrical impulses are traveling in a circular fashion around and around the atria. Often the impulses are traveling around an obstacle like the mitral valve, tricuspid valve or the openings of the superior or inferior vena cavae.
The only curative approach to atrial flutter is catheter ablation. During a flutter ablation, a catheter is threaded into the heart from the right groin vein and the site in the right atria where the impulse is spinning in circles (the fundamental cause of flutter) is identified. This never ending circle is cauterized with the ablation catheter terminating flutter permanently. The ablation of atrial flutter is a relatively easy catheter ablation procedure. The procedure uses only two or three tubes placed into the groin using local anesthetic with some mild sedation is all that's needed for this procedure. Following a successful flutter ablation, the tubes are removed and pressure is held to the femoral vein access sites for several minutes. Most patients can resume all normal activities the next day.