Fast Five Quiz: Are You Familiar With Atrial Flutter?

Yasmine S. Ali, MD


February 02, 2017

Symptoms in patients with atrial flutter typically reflect decreased cardiac output as a result of the rapid ventricular rate. Typical symptoms include the following:

  • Palpitations

  • Fatigue or poor exercise tolerance

  • Mild dyspnea

  • Presyncope

Less common symptoms include angina, profound dyspnea, or syncope resulting from compromised left ventricular function. Thromboembolic events are possible with this arrhythmia. In addition, patients may have symptoms of the conditions that are causing the atrial flutter. These may be noncardiac (eg, hyperthyroidism or pulmonary disease) or cardiac.

For more on the presentation of atrial flutter, read here.


Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.
Post as: