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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Atrial Fibrillation And Atrial Flutter

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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

Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more


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

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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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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What is the ECG finding for an atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter?

This: In atrial fibrillation, there are no p waves seen, or the p waves are highly irregular and not directly correlated with the qrs complexes. In atrial flutter constant, regularized activity is seen, generally without a fixed baseline. ...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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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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What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Organization: Atrial flutter is a very organized rhythm in which electricity gets stuck in a loop going round and round, much like cars on a nascar racetrack. Atrial fibrillation is a more complex rhythm, in which the majority of the atrium is in chaos, driven by a focus known as a rotor. Atrial fibrillation is much harder to cure than atrial flutter, however rate control is usually better for fibrillation. ...Read more

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How can atrial fibrillation and flutter be treated?

How can atrial fibrillation and flutter be treated?

Three options: Generally speaking, we can attempt to control the rate, we can attempt to keep you in a normal rhythm with medications, or we can attempt a long-term tour of the rhythm using a catheter ablation. There are also surgical treatment for the arrhythmias, but these are generally not first-line treatments unless you have another reason to have heart surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Mohamed Kanj
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Atrial Flutter (Definition)

Atrial flutter is an abnormally fast heart beat usually originating from the right atrium of the heart. It can cause the rest of the heart to beat very fast (called tachycardia). It may cause symptoms of palpitations, chest pain or shortness of breath, to name a few. This serious issue should be evaluated by your cardiologist, and further treatment is dependent ...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