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How does controlling the ventricular rate treat atrial flutter?

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The first treatment goal for atrial flutter is to control the ventricular rate.

If you experience serious symptoms, such as chest pain or congestive heart failure related to the ventricular rate, the health care provider in the emergency department will decrease your heart rate rapidly with IV medications or electrical shock (called cardioversion or defibrillation).

If you have no serious symptoms, you may be given medications by mouth.

Sometimes you may require a combination of oral drugs to control your heart rate.

Surgery may be done to control heart rate or rhythm, but this is rare.

From: Atrial Flutter WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Noel G Boyle, MB, BCh, MD, PhD, Co-Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. Coauthor(s): Theodore A Spevack, DO, Director, Chair, Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Barnabas Hospital, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C, Medical Writer, eMedicine.com, Inc. Editors: Alan D Forker, MD, Program Director of Cardiovascular Fellowship, Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine; Mary L Windle, Pharm D, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine.com, Inc; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  




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Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 14, 2018

Author: Noel G Boyle, MB, BCh, MD, PhD, Co-Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. Coauthor(s): Theodore A Spevack, DO, Director, Chair, Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Barnabas Hospital, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C, Medical Writer, eMedicine.com, Inc. Editors: Alan D Forker, MD, Program Director of Cardiovascular Fellowship, Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine; Mary L Windle, Pharm D, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine.com, Inc; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  




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