Atrial Flutter (cont.)
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Atrial Flutter Causes
Atrial flutter may be caused by abnormalities of the heart, by diseases of the heart, or by diseases elsewhere in the body that affect the heart. Atrial flutter may also be caused by consuming substances that change the way electrical impulses are transmitted through the heart. Atrial flutter can occur after open heart surgery. In a few people, no underlying cause is ever found.
Heart diseases or abnormalities that can cause atrial flutter include the following:
Diseases elsewhere in the body that affect the heart include the following:
Substances that may contribute to atrial flutter include the following:
Atrial flutter is closely related to another arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation. Atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation sometimes occur together.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/6/2014
Noel G Boyle, MB, BCh, MD, PhD
Theodore A Spevack, DO
Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C
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