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    What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter?

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    Dr Andrei Catanchin

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Catanchin is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist managing atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders with medication, devices (ie. pacemakers, defibrillators) and catheter ablation. He … View Profile

    Atrial flutter (at least the common ‘typical’ type) is an organized circuit around the right atrium. Atrial fibrillation is a completely disorganized chaotic rhythm involving both atria, usually originating from the left atrium. Atrial flutter can usually be cured with a generally low risk ablation procedure and is harder to control with medication. Atrial fibrillation is more challenging to treat effectively but also responds to ablation.

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