Atrial Flutter Ablation


What Happens Prior To The Procedure?

If you have persistent atrial flutter, you will be asked to take warfarin for at least 3 weeks prior to your procedure. One week before the procedure this will be ceased and an injectable form of blood thinner will be used (clexane). In general, clexane will be taken for 5 days prior to the procedure. These injections will be given twice a day. You will be shown how to inject yourself, using these pre-prepared injections. In addition, you will be asked to undertake a trans-oesophageal echocardiogram to exclude the presence of any preformed clots within your heart. However, if you have remained in normal rhythm (sinus rhythm) in the weeks prior to your procedure, then these precautions will not be necessary.

If these arrangements have not been discussed with you or if you are unsure please phone the Cardiovascular Centre on (08) 8362 2272.

  • Professor Sanders says...

    Atrial fibrillation is a consequence of several reversible risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnoea, and excessive alcohol. Your management of atrial fibrillation must include strict control of these risk factors.