Atrial fibrillation, roughly speaking, starts when the end of a complete cycle of a heartbeat overlaps with the beginning of the next heartbeat, which makes the heart behave in a chaotic way (fibrillation).
Can we say that the same mechanism is at work here as the mechanism that makes the regular dripping of a tap (the regular beating of the heart), transform in a chaotic dripping (unpredictable dripping)?
I mean, in the case of regular falling droplets and we speed up the dripping, as some point the falling drop is influenced by the next droplet that is going to fall down. So the falling of one drop and the next one overlap (like the two heartbeats in the case of atrial fibrillation). So, in a way, the dripping tap enters a state of "fibrillation"?
In both cases, there is a point, when it is passed, a regular, linear pattern (the regular heart beating and the regular falling of droplets) changes into a chaotic non-linear "pattern". In both the examples this happens if the regular beats or droplets overlap and cause non-linear behavior.
At least that's what I think. Do the same principles determine the behavior of atrial defibrillation and the chaotic behavior of the nonregular falling of droplets?