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Comment from: baxbat, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

Two years ago I had my first bout atrial flutter discovered during routine doctor's appointment and I was sent to the ICU. I now take a daily low dose aspirin and a calcium channel blocker (diltiazem) and am awaiting ablation...I have also lost 110lbs (down from 300), quit drinking and quit smoking. I have not had another problem with flutter in more than a year.

Comment from: Jaxryde, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I was just released from ICU after being taken to trauma after a bout of rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. I was suspected of having a massive heart attack. After a clean angiogram and echocardiogram, I was stabilized after three days, released on heart drugs and referred to a cardiologist. I was told I had atrial flutter and was scheduled for ablation which should cure the problem for good. Otherwise this condition can be treated with drugs, which have unwanted side effects.

Comment from: chryl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I feel like I have butterflies in my chest. I counted within a week maybe 12 times. My doctor didn't seem worried about it. I'm wondering if I should see another doctor.

Comment from: Rob, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

I have been having Atrial Fibrillation for the past 20 years of my life, I am now 49 years of age and it has become far worse than ever before, instead of the occasional skipped beat, now it's staying for 12 -16 beats or one event it even lasted more than an hour. I'm living in Australia now, so I've been put on a waiting list since the last episode, which was 3 months ago. My younger brother was having the same problems and a doctor prescribed medication for it. About 6 years ago I'd seen a GP and asked for the same. I think it helped for the first five years, but it no longer working... I find it very terrifying when I go into flutter... I'm often short of breath, my knees get weak, and I break out in a cold sweat... it really is terrifying... but the doctors don't seem to be too concerned.

Published: February 23

I was given shock treatment for atrial flutter.

Published: January 24

My son, 15 years old was just diagnosed with this last week. He went in for a heart catherization which is where they found it. They did an ablation to the area and we will know for sure in 3 weeks when he takes another stress test to see if this is still there. No medication is needed. Just drink 64-80 ounces day and include salt in your diet. Retaining water helps the oxygen flow to the brain.

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