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1

atrial flutter is a rapid and regular form of ____ ______. The continuous atrial depolarisation causes a ______ appearance on ECG.

a rapid and regular form of atrial tachycardia. The continuous atrial depolarisation causes a sawtooth appearance on ECG.

2

AF is usually ______ in terms of duration

paroxysmal

3

what is the mechanism of atrial flutter?

rhythm sustained by a macro-reentrant circuit

4

where is the re-entrant circuit confined to?

the right atrium

5

Chronic atrial flutter usually progresses to ____ _____-

Chronic atrial flutter usually progresses to atrial fibrillation

6

atrial flutter may cause _____ which can lead to sPE

thromboembolism

7

what are the 4 main treatments for atrial fluttr?

- RF ablation
- pharmacoloical therapy - basically same as AF
- cardioversion
- warfarin for prevention of thromboembolism

8

what may cause paroxysmal atrial flutter?

pericarditis, acute respiratory failure