Cardiology:
Atrial flutter (fibrillation) — electro convulsive therapy. Treatment abroad

Atrial fibrillation (AF), which includes fibrilloflutter, is the most common heart rhythm disorder. It accounts for approximately 1/20 of all hospital admissions in the cardiology department. This disease prevails among people over 60 years old. The treatment choice depends on the AF type, severity of its course and patient’s general condition.

Conservative Methods

Typically, the first step in the fight against pathology becomes a drug therapy. Its goal is to eliminate the main symptoms of arrhythmia, to maintain a stable heart rate and to prevent the development of complications.

Upon a chronic AF form, the patients are recommended to take cardiac glycosides, beta-blockers or calcium antagonists. Regularly taking the recommended drugs, the patient subjectively feels good and can lead a normal life.

The paroxysmal atrial flutter or flicker is treated differently. To relieve the attacks (paroxysms), a variety of antiarrhythmic drugs is used: 

  • quinidine, 
  • disopyramide, 
  • procainamide,
  • cardiac glycosides.

In the absence of effect, the cardioversion or transesophageal stimulation is used. The patient is treated by an emergency team or hospital physicians.

Continuous drug therapy for paroxysmal AF is prescribed only when the attacks occur more often 2 to 3 times a month. A set of drugs is selected individually, taking into account the patient's heart rate.

Active contraction of the atria leads to blood stagnation and threatens the formation of blood clots, so it is recommended that all patients received anticoagulants.

Surgical Methods

Upon frequent paroxysms, the issue of the need for surgical treatment is addressed. Two types of interventions are practiced:

  1. RF isolation of pulmonary veins. Penetrating into the mouth of pulmonary veins, the physician "cauterizes" the focus of abnormal excitation. Consequently, the pulses from it are blocked and a normal heart rhythm is restored.
  2. Radiofrequency ablation followed by pacemaker implantation. The physician applies a high-frequency current to the atrioventricular node through a thin catheter. Then, a device taking over the function of the pacemaker is implanted under the skin into the right atrium of the patient.

After surgery, the patient requires periodic cardiac monitoring.

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University Hospital Cologne

8.9/10 from 82 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The Department of Cardiology, Angiology, Pneumology and Intensive Care Medicine of the University Hospital Cologne is part of the Heart Center Cologne. The Department offers its patients treatment at the highest level with the use of all innovations for treating coronary artery stenosis, arrhythmias and hypertension.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne

Price 6384.00

University Hospital rechts der Isar der TU München

8.3/10 from 70 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

A team of experts from the Department of Internal Medicine at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar treats patients with cardiovascular diseases.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Price 7330.00

University Hospital Frankfurt

7.5/10 from 97 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

Department of Cardiology is a part of one of the most prestigious German hospitals – the University Hospital Frankfurt. The doctors of the Department are not only perfectly trained, but they also pay attention to upskilling and take an active part in medical researches.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

Price 7195.00

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10 from 95 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The Department of Cardiology and Angioly at the University Hospital Charite Berlin treats patients with cardiac and angiological diseases. It is located at the Charite Mitte Campus.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Price 8591.00

RWTH University Hospital Aachen

8.7/10 from 41 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The focuses of the Medical Department I are Cardiology, Pneumology, Angiology and Internal Intensive Medicine. In cooperation with the medical departments II and IV, there is treated the entire spectrum of internal diseases at the highest level.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Aachen

Price 5786.00

University Hospital Heidelberg

9/10 from 57 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The Department of Cardiology, Angiology, and Pneumology at the Heidelberg University Hospital with the staff of over 500 members is the largest department of the Heidelberg University Hospital. The Department constanly expands the specialization of its clinical and scientific activities.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Heidelberg

Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid

9.9/10 from 42 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The main treatment areas of the Department of Internal Medicine I, headed by Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Budde, are invasive and non-invasive cardiac diagnostics and therapy of all cardiac diseases.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Essen

Price 5105.00

Städtisches Klinikum Neuperlach

9.8/10 from 11 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The department of cardiology, pneumology and internal intensive care treats cardiovascular disease and lung diseases. seriously ill patients are treated in intensive care units. The medical emphases of cardiology are the treatment of valvular heart disease, arrhythmias and myocardial insufficiency or heart failure.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Price 5720.00

Hannover Medical School, MHH

9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The main focus of the cardiology and angiology clinic is clinical treatment, as well as experimental and clinical studies of acute myocardial infarction, chronic heart failure, arteriosclerosis and heart rhythm abnormalities.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hannover

Price 6087.00

Preventicum Hospital

9.8/10 from 1 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

Basis of an optimum medical advice in the Department of Cardiology is the precise, reliable diagnosis of all possible risk factors and diseases. With the ultrasound examination, soft tissue can be well judged.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Essen

Price 6247.00

Schlosspark-Klinik

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The Department of Internal Medicine I at the Schlosspark-Klinik provides the whole range of services in the field of modern diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the internal organs.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Price 6357.00

Gummersbach District Hospital of the Klinikum Oberberg

9.6/10 from 23 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The Department of Internal Medicine I at the Klinikum Oberberg in Gummersbach provides treatment to patients with all diseases from the field of internal medicine apart from drug treatment of malignancies (cancer) and blood disorders (hematology / Department of Internal Medicine II).


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Gummersbach

Price 5244.00

St. Anna Hospital Herne

9.5/10 from 7 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The Department of Internal Medicine specializes in: Diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the internal organs, especially treatment of the heart, blood vessels, lungs and kidneys ECG, ultrasound, body plethysmography Long-term measurement of blood pressure in the treatment of hypertension Im...


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Herne

Price 5665.00

University Hospital Dusseldorf

9.5/10 from 71 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The Department of Cardiology, Pneumology and Angiology at the University Hospital Dusseldorf  provides treatment for the whole range of diseases in the field of cardiovascular medicine.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Duesseldorf

Price 7405.00

Hospital Hildesheim

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

The clinic is operating on Hildesheim medical center territory since 2009 and is a certified center of German Society of Cardiology. Clinic is ensuring optimal diagnosis, treatment and care for patients with acute and chronic pain in the chest, and various problems of cardiac nature.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hildesheim

Price 5639.00

Hirslanden Hospital Aarau

9.5/10 from 15 Votes

Electroconvulsive therapy for atrial fibrillation (flutter)

Our aim is to provide you with the best possible advice and care in the event of heart or vascular problems.


Duration 4 days
Type of Treatment: Inpatient
location_onCountry: Switzerland
location_searchingCity: Aarau