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Doctor insights on: Atrial Flutter Vs Atrial Tachycardia

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Atrial Tachycardia (Definition)

Atrial tachycardia is a symptom in which a person's heart rate is faster than normal for his age or for the activity he is doing, and the electrical impulse for his heartbeats starts in the upper part of the heart (the atria). An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) ...Read more


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How many types of atrial flutter?

How many types of atrial flutter?

Practical: from a practical standpoint think of it as one. No need to go beyond that. If a specific case arises, see a cardiac electrophysiologist (EPS) for further definition ...Read more

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What are the tests for atrial flutter?

What are the tests for atrial flutter?

Electrocardiogram: If the atrial flutter is ongoing then a standard electrocardiogram will show it. If it only occurs on occasion, then home monitoring devices known as "event recorders" can be used so that the patient can record an electrocardiogram when he\she feels the symptoms. ...Read more

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What does an atrial flutter feel like?

What does an atrial flutter feel like?

It Varies: Palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, syncope, fatigue and sometimes none: some people are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atrial flutter?

What are the symptoms of atrial flutter?

Butterflies: Butterflies in chest or a palpitations can indicate atrial fib or flutter. Make sure your blood pressure controlled. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an atrial flutter?

Less common than AF: Atrial fluter less common than atrial fibrillation, and is often a indcator of future atrial fibrillation onset. You may not notice them, or you may feel a flutering in your chest. Atrial flutter can be caused by scarring in the heart resulting from prior cardiac disease or heart surgery, but it can also occur in some patients with no other identifiable heart problems. ...Read more

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Can I die from atrial flutter if I ignore it?

No doubt: You can die from drinking too much water but it's unlikely. Untreated atrial flutter usually causes a heart rate of 150 which is annoying for most people and, over several months, will weaken the heart muscle leading to heart failure. Blood clots can form inside the atria increasing the risk of stroke. Don't mess with atrial flutter - it needs attention. ...Read more

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How to treat atrial flutter?

How to treat atrial flutter?

Atrial flutter: This is a rapid regular atrial rhythm from 250-350 beats per minute roughly, it rarely conducts to the ventricles at 1:1. It is related to atrial fibrillation and is treated in a somewhat similar manner. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for atrial flutter?

What is the treatment for atrial flutter?

Depends... : Treatment of a flutter depends on the type of flutter (typical or atypical), whether it's the 1st episode, the age of the patient, the presence or absence of underlying heart disease, and patient's personal preferences (more medications vs. Procedural approach (ablation). Ablation is an excellent option for typical flutter. You should discuss this with your doctor or an electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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Can atrial flutter cause o2 saturation to be lower?

Maybe: If the atrial flutter impairs the filling of the ventricles it can lead to decreased cardiac output which in turn can lead to pulmonary edema which, when severe enough, can impair gas exchange and decrease o2 saturations. ...Read more

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How are atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter different?

Irregular/ regular: Heart rythm problem is more unpredictable in a fib. In flutter the are more predictable and regular rate. The treatment approach differs and risk of intracardiac blood clot also in that context. ...Read more

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Does it matter if a person has atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation?

Does it matter if a person has atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation?

Sure: While the immediate consequences of the knowledge may not be substantial (both can result in increased stroke risk and generally speaking patients with one heart risk for the other), isolated atrial flutter is often readily amenable to cure by catheter ablation procedures (85-98%). Atrial fibrillation is also amenable to such a procedure, though the success rates can be much lower (perhaps 70%). ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation ?

With an EKG: Generally speaking, atrial flutter is conducted in a more regular fashion to the lower chamber of the heart, though this is not always true. The best way to tell the difference between the two is to obtain an ekg. ...Read more

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Dr Bennet werner! :) what's the difference between atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter?

Dr Bennet werner! :) what's the difference between atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter?

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 varies according to how many beats get transmitted through the node between the atria and ventricles. In atrial fibrillation the atrial rate is higher than 250 beats per minute and the atrial rhythm is very irregular and barely contract. ...Read more

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Why the atrial fibrillation causing thromboembolic phenomena while atrial flutter don't cause it?

Why the atrial fibrillation causing thromboembolic phenomena while atrial flutter don't cause it?

Short answer: Atrial fib has increased risk secondary to irreg.firing of atria and valves causing damage to blood cells. In flutter there is a more regular rate and atrial contractile function offers some protection but there is still a slightly increased risk. In chronic flutter, coagulation is necessary given the risk of stroke is the same as atrial fib. Pts with chronic flutter often have a fib as well. ...Read more

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I looked back at health records from three months ago and saw on an EEG I had "atrial flutter with 4:1 AV conduction" I was never told! What is this?

I looked back at health records from three months ago and saw on an EEG I had "atrial flutter with 4:1 AV conduction" I was never told! What is this?

Not an EEG: an ECG or EKG ( EEG is a brainwave!!) The presence of flutter with 4 to 1 conduction is a BENIGN arrythmia HOWEVER I do think yoy ahould ask for more details about it and it should NOT be ignored! Was it temporary? USUALLY it is but this should be "followed up" Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

Flutter (Definition)

Atrial flutter is an abnormal heart rhythm in the top of the heart in which the top of the heart beats very fast but very regularly (as opposed to atrial fibrillation which is always irregular) and can lead to a rapid heart rate and ...Read more


Dr. Mohamed Kanj
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Atrial Flutter (Definition)

An abnormally fast heart beat usually originating from the right atrium of the heart. It can cause the rest of the heart to beat ...Read more