A 51-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and flutter?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
19 years experience in Cardiology
Related, different: Atrial fib is a chaotic, irregular contraction of the top chambers of the heart (atria). Atrial flutter is a rapid, but regular beating of the atria. Both can lead to the same symptoms, both can cause irregular pulse, both have a risk of stroke. Usually flutter is easier to treat with a catheter ablation than af is. An ekg can often tell the difference.
Answered on Jan 19, 2014
7
7 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Chambers
20 years experience in Family Medicine
EKG: They look different on an ekg. Atrial flutter is regular and atrial fibrillation is irregularly irregular. Often the treatment is similar as an outp ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience in Internal Medicine
Rate: Atrial futter is a tachycardia in which the atrial rate is between 151 to 250 beats per minute and the atrial rhythm is regular. The ventricular rate ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Hahn
27 years experience in Cardiology
Meds and procedures: Medications are used to control the heart or restore normal rhythm. Depending on the risk factors, blood thinners may be prescribed to lower the risk ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Cooley
28 years experience in Cardiology
Same: They both are risk factors for stroke and can cause similar symptoms. The main difference is that flutter is easy to cure by ablation.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month