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What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and irregular heartbeat?

Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
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The difference between atrial fibrillation and irregular heartbeat is that irregular heartbeat is a general term to describe any abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation is a specific diagnosis. Irregular heartbeat could include heartbeats that are too fast, too slow or irregular for any reason. Atrial fibrillation is a specific diagnosis that relates to the small part of the heart (the atrium) beating "out of control" fast, resulting in an irregular heartbeat.

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