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Atrial flutter (0)

Atrial flutter (AFL) is an abnormal heart rhythm that occurs in the atria of the heart.[1] When it first occurs, it is usually associated with a fast heart rate or tachycardia (230–380 beats per minute),[2] and falls into the category of supra-ventricular tachycardias. While this rhythm occurs most often in individuals with cardiovascular disease (eg: hypertension, coronary artery disease, and cardiomyopathy), it may occur spontaneously in people with otherwise normal hearts. It is typically not a stable rhythm, and frequently degenerates into atrial fibrillation (AF). However, it does rarely persist for months to years.

Atrial flutter was first identified as an independent medical condition in 1920 by the British physician Sir Thomas Lewis (1882-1945) and colleagues.