What is the main difference between atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL)?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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The main difference between atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter is that most cases of atrial flutter can be cured with radiofrequency ablation (RFA). In all available studies, catheter ablation is superior to rate-control and rhythm-control strategies with antiarrhythmic drugs.


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