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Atrial Flutter Causes & Risks


Atrial flutter may be caused by the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart surgery‚Äďatrial flutter is most common during the first few weeks after open-heart surgery
  • Disease elsewhere in the body that affects the functioning of the heart
  • Intake of substances such as caffeine, alcohol, diet pills, or certain types of prescription or over-the-counter medication that affect the electrical impulses of the heart
  • Stress and anxiety

Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chance of developing atrial flutter. If you have any of these risk factors, tell your doctor:

Atrial flutter is more likely to develop in older adults.

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