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Hi, guys. My friend has something called atrial fibrulation or atrial flutter, I am not sure the exact term. I have read that those are rapid contractions of atria – upper chambers of the heart. The thing that I would like to know is whether there is a difference between these two types or not. Thanks in advance.

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Good day.  Sure it does. But there is only one thing in common - both of diagnosis is will say that this is abnormal heart rhythm. When we are talking about atrial fibrillation, the atria beat irregularly. It beats faster than usual and more often than the ventricles. Atrial fibrillation treatment is something that you can't go wrong with, according to doctors. On the other hand, atrial flutter is less common than atrial fibrillation. The only thing that is very similar is the symptoms. For example, in both, you can feel tiredness, shortness of breath, dizziness, etc. Also, it would not be less surprised if you are without the symptoms. 

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Hello. Both atrial flutter and fibrillation belong to a group of supraventricular arrhythmias. It means that upper chambers or atria are beating fast, but regular. However, ventricles are working properly. The blood from atria to ventricles does not arrive efficiently. Atria beat around 300 per minute. I think that with fibrillation atria beat faster. These arrhythmias are not directly life threatening, but they can be joined with other heart diseases. They can increase risk for heart attack. I hope I’ve helped. Bye!
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