Difficulty Breathing, Heart Problems and High D-Dimer

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About a month ago, whilst sitting with my Parents, I noticed my heart felt fluttery. This had never happened before.

My Mum, an Ex-Paediatric Nurse, took my pulse and noticed it was fast and had an irregular pattern at some points. I rested and we all kept an eye on my condition as there was no pain to go with it.

After a brief Camping Holiday (no heavy activities), I noticed that my breathing was being weird. It felt similar to my usual breathlessness and through-a-straw type breathing that I usually get from my Asthma, except this time, my inhalers didn't do a thing to help me.

I visited my usual Nurse at the Asthma Clinic and she noted that the cause couldn't be the Asthma as my sats were normal (sp02 98-100). I then went to my GP the next day only to be given the task of making a 2-week Peak Flow diary to fully rule out Asthma as the cause.

Shortly after finishing the diary, I had to go to A&E as my Heart Rate has shot up to 130bpm and I found it difficult to breath. (No pain anywhere).

They did the ECG. Everything was fine as far as they could see (by this point, all of my symptoms had started to calm down, typical!) They took a blood test and for the most part it was normal except for a High D-Dimer reading. They sent me home for the weekend as they felt it was safe for me to do so as there was no pain.

I came back the following Monday for an X-Ray and a VQ Scan and I was told that there was nothing there to worry about. I was then discharged.

I am now left with more questions than answers and not sure what to do. I still have the symptoms but now the Heart problem seems to have evolved into a consistent bounding in my chest which is unsettling to say the least!

What should I do? Has anyone else had these issues before?

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    I had a similar experience a week ago, was transported by ambulance to the ER, heart rate

    was irregular (in the ambulance paramedics said my rate was 165, then 85, then all over the place). I was told later at the hospital that I had atrial fibrillation that morphed into atrial

    flutter and was told I need an ablation. I have an app with a doctor on 11/08 to discuss my

    options. I am currently on Eliquis, but I do not want to be on this long term, because I have

    LUPUS and am now not able to use any NSAIDs, because they're contraindicated while on this

    medicine. I've read where the left atrial appendage is a site for clots, but a doctor who saw

    me in the hospital said ablation is pretty cut and dry for atrial flutter, but a little trickier to

    resolve if you have a-fib. Problem is, I have both. Meditation is helpful in that it keeps me

    from stressing, because that is not helpful under any circumstances.

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