Patient Comments: Atrial Flutter - vs. Atrial Fibrillation

Question:

Have you had both atrial flutter and AFib? Were you able to tell the difference? Please describe your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Rob V, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I suffered from paroxysmal atrial flutter from the age of 50. After an ECG identified flutter I had an ablation in February 2020. All was good after, and I felt good until October 2020 when symptoms returned. A visit to the doctor revealed I was now in persistent atrial fibrillation. Walks left me breathless. I stopped tennis but am able to play golf albeit left very tired after. Cardioversion in December fixed the fibrillation but flutter was back two weeks later. I have had 2 serious flutter episodes with heart rate 250 plus, and heartbeat more regular but faster.

Comment from: SFMonty, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

With my atrial fibrillation that was episodic but increasing in length and frequency. I felt weakness, minor dizziness and general discomfort. With atrial flutter I felt no symptoms although I could tell after being told I had atrial flutter that my pulse was different than with atrial fibrillation but not regular.

Comment from: susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

My atrial flutter came 7 years after my last (3rd) ablation to cure my atrial fibrillation. Unfortunately, I had a stroke at that time in 10/2010, but had no other episodes after that day. I made a total recovery from the stroke. I am a 57 year old female. I recently was diagnosed with atrial flutter, which felt the same as atrial fibrillation. I become very anxious with the symptoms, rapid heart rate and dizziness. I was put on Cardizem and a Holter monitor for 24 hours. I was told I’d need another ablation to fix this. I am apprehensive, as the last one resulted in stroke. My heart rate goes on 120s range for 2 minutes and then down to 80s for 3 minutes. This pattern goes on and on. I've just noticed I've stayed below 100 for 3 hours. I wonder if it is possible to convert just like that!

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