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.
Similar. Both are atrial arrhythmias. They often occur in the same person, sometimes moments apart. In fib, the atrial electrical activity is completely disorganized. In flutter, the atrial rate is usually 300. In untreated fib, the ventricular rate is usually 160-200. In flutter, the vr is usually 150.
Meds and procedures. Medications are used to control the heart or restore normal rhythm. Depending on the risk factors, blood thinners may be prescribed to lower the risk of stroke. Catheter and surgical procedures are also available in some patients to restore sinus rhythm.

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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...
It Varies. Palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness are all common symptoms with either atrial fibrillation or flutter. Other symptoms may be fatigue, fast or irregular pulse, leg swelling, syncope or chest pain. Read more...

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...

I feel a strange fluttering in my chest and just sometimes. Could this be atrial fibrillation?

Yes. You can feel your pulse to see if it's irregular during an episode. Sometimes what is called an event monitor can be placed to capture the heart's rhythm and have it analyzed by a cardiologist. You should have this evaluated since intermittent atrial fibrillation can lead to stroke and other serious problems. Read more...
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...