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How To Differentiate Between Atrial Flutter And Fibrillation
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Similar-different: Both originate with the "pace-maker" in the right atrium. In svt, it leads to a sinus rhythm over 100-140 beats per min (bpm). Atrial flutter is a specific type of svt that causes (by definition) an atrial rate of around 300 bpm. Depending on the electrical conduction of that heart, it will lead to a ventricular rate of some multiple of 300 (150, 100, 75, etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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