A 51-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and flutter?
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein answered
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
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