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How to differentiate between atrial flutter and fibrillation?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: EKG

Atrial flutter has a regular rhythm at a steady pace whereas atrial fibrillation is erratic and irregular. Flutter frequently degenerates into fibrillation.
An ekg easily can tell them apart.

In brief: EKG

Atrial flutter has a regular rhythm at a steady pace whereas atrial fibrillation is erratic and irregular. Flutter frequently degenerates into fibrillation.
An ekg easily can tell them apart.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: EKG

Ekg is the best way to know.
There can be clues. Untreated, atrial fibrillation tend to cause a heart rate of 120s to 180s and is irregular whereas, untreated, atrial flutter is often hovering right around 150 and is usually regular. There are many exceptions but the above is a good rule of thumb.

In brief: EKG

Ekg is the best way to know.
There can be clues. Untreated, atrial fibrillation tend to cause a heart rate of 120s to 180s and is irregular whereas, untreated, atrial flutter is often hovering right around 150 and is usually regular. There are many exceptions but the above is a good rule of thumb.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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