Ventricular Flutter

ECG Features

Figure 1: ECG Strip[1]

Ventricular flutter is an extreme form of ventricular tachycardia in which there is a loss of organized electrical activity.[2] Ventricular flutter has no identifiable P-waves, QRS complexes, or T-waves and looks identical when viewed upside down.

Table 1: ECG Characteristics[2]

Clinical Significance[2]

  • Ventricular flutter is linked to rapid and profound hemodynamic compromise, and generally quickly progresses to ventricular fibrillation.
  • Advanced life support is required for both ventricular flutter and ventricular fibrillation.

ECM Features

Figure 2: ECM Analysis, Record 207[3][4]

Additional Information


  1. Ventricular Flutter [Online image]. (2011). Retrieved July 19, 2016, from
  2. Ventricular Flutter. (n.d.). Retrieved July 27, 2016, from
  3. MIT-BIH Arrhythmia Database. (1980). Retrieved June, 2016, from
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