Atrial flutter

Hi all.

I m a 53 yr old male and had a TIA in February , I came out of it with no effects.

I had 5or6 weeks of irregular rhythms two visits to A and E and an average of two sever fluttering episodes a week.

The cariologist has recomended me for ablation.

The last couple of weeks I am mostly in normal rhythm apart from two days last week when I travelled to Spain ( I think stress related ). I've still exercising and feel great when in rhythm, although I still get mild twitching around the heart.

As this seems to be an improving picture , my question is.

Can the My condition resolve itself ?


18 Replies

  • you will get very mixed answers to this and the answer also depends on your individual health factors so I don't think anyone can answer this adequately for you.

    You may like to look at the latest studies about radical lifestyle changes which have worked very well for people- having enough potassium in food has kept me AF free for just over a year- Magnesium is also vital, losing weight and reducing stress have helped a lot of people and eating healthily- no processed food etc has also got good results from some people.

    All work a try I think!!

  • Thanks .

    My improvement coincided with taking magnesium

    Daily , also a banana. I've lost weight . So see how things go.

  • A banana has about a tenth of the daily requirement- jacket potato about a quarter- Coconut water is high in potassium but expensive!!

    Tomatoes are good.

  • Being a magnesium evangelist :) I am so pleased to hear that magnesium made a real difference for you. More people really need to understand the benefits it has and how important it is to heart health. ANd congrats on shedding some weight.

  • Dave ..can you tell me how much magnesium you take please? Sandra

  • Hi Dave.

    What magnesium do you take and what doseage .thanks

  • I had Atrial Flutter 6 years ago. Following the elec. signal being broke by an ablation to the right Atrium at the London Brompton it has never returned. The EP also said it would never return. 4 hour op.

  • No.

    However try all the alternatives if you like as it won't do any harm. I do hope that you are now on anticoagulation as with your history you jolly well need to be.


  • Yes Bob Apixaban an and Simvistatin. Cholesterol was 6.5 now 4.2.

    Stress is definitely a factor

  • Hi 11ellis

    I have atrial flutter, and have tried different things myself but to no avail.

    Best Wishes


  • Barry I like you suffer from paroxysmal AF and have found HUGE benefit in magnesium supplementation. I used to have bad twice weekly attacks and would land in hospital every other month but since January have had one attack which I managed at home and that's it. Its benefits can not be underestimated.

  • Hi dave1961, can you tell me what dosage magnesium you take? Thanks JanR

  • Hi Dave1961, I am also interested which Magnesium you take. Is it magnesium Citrate? And how much? and do you take it morning or evening? Biddy

  • Thanks Dave,

    I will give it a go.

    Best Wishes


  • The medical world is reluctant to say that atrial fibrillation can "resolve". However, it can be treated such that symptoms abate for long periods of time - sometimes decades.

    My next door neighbour had serious fibrillation 20 years ago, has been on the same rhythm control drug ever since, and has not to his or his cardiologists' knowledge had any episode since. Similarly, my mother had very severe episodes of atrial fibrillation in her early 70s and has been on rhythm control now for 18 years with no apparently attacks, and has never had TIA or stroke or any other heart related problem.

    Stroke is a slightly different issue. Just as "previous TIA or stroke" is a risk for future stroke, so too is having been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Think of the outward symptoms and stroke risk as overlapping yet slightly separate issues.

    My own condition is improving year by year in terms of symptoms and disruption to my life - this has entailed going on medication and making lifestyle changes (low dose rhythm control; a lot of attention to gastrointestinal health; resistance to taking on work that involves high stress; years of magnesium supplementation; greedy with a good night's sleep, moderate but regular exercise).

    As we age our threshold for atrial fibrillation lowers (greater susceptibility). Not much we can do about that but take a philosophical view and do the best we can. I'm great for now but if my condition declines, I'll consider ablation.

  • I thought flutter and AF were two very different rhythm problems. I use magnesium for AF. Flutter is an easier one to solve with ablation. This is only of course my med history.

  • I went in for ablation to resolve persistent AF and was found to have flutter as well. Ablation took care of both. I am now meds free except for bp and happily living life in the NSR (normal sinus rhythm) lane. Knock on wood.

  • Earlier this year I was in hospital with AF. After unsuccessful treatment with Amiodarone the consultant decided I had Atrial Flutter, and therefore a suitable candidate for cardioversion. This was carried out and so far seems to have been successful.

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