The success rate of ablation in the treatment of an atrial flutter is 98 percent on the first attempt, according to the Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute. An ablation is a procedure with a low risk of complications, and the patient can resume normal activities quickly, states the American Heart Association.
During the ablation, the doctor guides a catheter with an electrode at its tip to the area of the heart muscle that is the source of the arrhythmia. This procedure causes little or no discomfort and is performed with local anesthesia while the patient is under mild sedation. Because of the low risk and high success rate, this procedure is the preferred treatment for many types of rapid heartbeat problems, reports the American Heart Association.