Current treatment options for atrial flutter and results with cryocatheter ablation

Annibale S. Montenero, Peter Andrew

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Rhythm disturbances arising in the upper chambers of the heart are not uncommon. They are associated with a heavy burden of illness for the affected individual, as well as society in general. Atrial flutter, a re-entrant atrial tachycardia, is one such rhythm disturbance. The objective of this review article is twofolid: first, to provide a brief insight into atrial flutter and the typical treatments for this arrhythmia in clinical practice; and second, to give an in-depth account of cryocatheter ablation as a relatively new treatment option for this potentially debilitating condition. The many recent clinical studies documenting the use of cryocatheter ablation for treatment of atrial flutter are presented, and their results briefly discussed. Overall, as cryocatheter ablation embeds itself among the arsenal of treatments for atrial flutter, the promising results from clinical studies appear destined to elevate cryocatheter ablation to a premier position among the treatment options for atrial flutter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-202
Number of pages12
JournalExpert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006


  • Ablation
  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial flutter
  • Atypical
  • Cardiac
  • Catheter
  • Cavotricuspid isthmus
  • Cryo
  • CryoBlator™
  • Electrogram
  • Freezor ®
  • Freezor®
  • MAX
  • Xtra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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