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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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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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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?

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?

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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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


Fibrillation (Definition)

Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with ...Read more