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Atrial Flutter (cont.)

Can atrial flutter be prevented?

Although atrial flutter cannot always be prevented, leading a healthy lifestyle may reduce the chance of experiencing coronary heart disease that can lead to atrial flutter.

The best way to prevent coronary heart disease is to practice "heart healthy living" as recommended by the American Heart Association.

  • Do not smoke.
  • Engage in moderately strenuous physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Eat nutritious foods that are low in cholesterol and other fats.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Control high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol.

If a person has already experienced an episode of atrial flutter, a health care provider should be seen regularly and his or her treatment recommendations should be strictly followed.

What is the outlook for a person with atrial flutter?

Living a normal life is possible for people with atrial flutter. Medications can control symptoms and the arrhythmia in most people. In many people, atrial flutter can be cured with radiofrequency catheter ablation.

If a person experiences atrial flutter and no underlying heart disease is found, the outlook is generally quite good. If underlying heart disease does exist, the atrial flutter is likely to recur. Therefore, a heart specialist (cardiologist) should be seen.

Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. "What is Atrial Fibrillation?" Updated Sep 18, 2014.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/13/2016
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