How is atrial flutter (AFL) similar to atrial fibrillation (AF)?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Atrial flutter is similar to atrial fibrillation in many respects (eg, underlying disease, predisposing factors, complications, and medical management), and some patients have both atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation. However, the underlying mechanism of atrial flutter makes this arrhythmia amenable to cure with percutaneous catheter-based techniques.


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