The results of atrial flutter ablation in patients with and without a history of atrial fibrillation

Am J Cardiol. 1996 Jul 1;78(1):93-6. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(96)00233-0.


To determine the impact of atrial flutter radiofrequency catheter ablation on recurrence of atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation, 32 patients with atrial flutter (18 with a history of atrial fibrillation) were followed for a mean of 8.6 months; atrial flutter has not recurred after 1 (26 patients) or 2 (5 patients) successful ablation procedures. Atrial flutter did not appear proarrhythmic for atrial fibrillation, with only 1 of 15 patients without a history of atrial fibrillation developing the arrythmia in the absence of an alcohol binge or cocaine use.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Atrial Fibrillation / complications*
  • Atrial Fibrillation / diagnosis
  • Atrial Flutter / complications*
  • Atrial Flutter / diagnosis
  • Atrial Flutter / surgery*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Catheter Ablation*
  • Electrocardiography
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome