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Which symptoms are associated with atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Which symptoms are associated with atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Palpatations common: Afib can cuase a variety of symptoms. Palpatations or the feeling of the heart racing is common . Pts may notice this at rest or with exercise. Shortness of breathe also. If heart rate really fast may get dizzy. In extreme cases can get heart failure. Pts without adequate blood thinning can have a stroke with afib also. ...Read more

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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


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Can A fib present as a few or one or two flutters in chest lasting few seconds? Can these symptoms potentially be of Atrial fibrillation?

Can A fib present as a few or one or two flutters in chest lasting few seconds? Can these symptoms potentially be of Atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation: has variable symptoms. In fact many patient are completely asymptomatic. It would not be surprising for you to have short intermittent symptoms that are atrial fibrillation. On the other hand, it is highly unlikely that a 20 year old would have atrial fibrillation. It is simple to figure this out however with an event recorder. Ask your health care provider to order one for you. ...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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What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and flutter?

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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Is atrial fibrillation or flutter a more serious condition?

Is atrial fibrillation or flutter a more serious condition?

Both can be: Atrial fibrillation and flutter are both common arrythmias. Flutter tends to degenerate into fibrillation; the difference is that flutter tends to be regular and fibrillation irregular. Generally speaking, irregular is worse than regular because there is a higher risk of clots forming in the heart which can then cause strokes and other potential problems. Most flutter will become fibrillation. ...Read more

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How are atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter different?

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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I have paramoxal atrial fibrillation & flutter can it be successfully ablated ?

AF ablation: Atrial flutter is a simple electrical short circuit in the right atrium and a catheter ablation procedure is very safe and effective (95% permanent cure with one procedure). Atrial fibrillation is a much more complex rhythm pattern and catheter ablation has an average success rate of 70% with a first procedure, with some additional small risks, mostly due to the work being done in the left atrium. ...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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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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I feel a strange fluttering in my chest and just sometimes. Could this be atrial fibrillation?

Possibly yes: However, there are many other types of arrhythmias that could cause the same symptoms. Also, fluttering in the chest may not be even due to an arrhythmia. Go see a doctor. ...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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Atrial fibrillation & flutter , mild COPD now minor leaky aortic valve is all this connected ?

Maybe: Sometimes COPD is connected to a-fib, especially if the COPD is not well controlled. But, also, the leaky value could be the cause of the a-fib too. Sometimes, it is hard to tell which is causing or hurting what. The most important thing is to get all conditions treated to the best ability. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

What are the common symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

Sometimes none: Highly variable: some people are entirely unaware. Others feel their heart beating irregularly or "fluttering" & may notice rapid heart rate. Commonly people notice fatigue and their exercise capacity is mildly reduced. Sedentary people usually don't notice any change. Younger people & folks with their 1st bout tend to be more aware. Frequent bouts and older people are less likely to notice. ...Read more

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Difference between anxiety and atrial fibrillation symptoms?

Difference between anxiety and atrial fibrillation symptoms?

Irregular pulse: With a. Fib you would have extremely irregular pulse, there are other differences of course, but this one is the easiest one to figure out on your own, if it fast and irregular go to er asap. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of chronic atrial fibrillation?

There may be none: Atrial fibrillation is a heart arrhythmia where the atria (2top chambers) are contracting in a rapid disorganized manner, and the blood is being pumped only as a result of the lower chambers, the ventricles. If the ventricular rate is fast, the symptoms can be palpitations or fluttering in the chest, shortness of breath, chest pains. At fib puts one at risk for strokes, so it must be treated. ...Read more

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