This is such an old thread, but just in case some reads this and wants more info., here is what I have to offer. I have been struggling now with these wiered things going on in my chest that felt like butterflies, to my heart taking a plunging dump and even a feeling of doom, like I should be worried about something. My kidney specialist was concerned at well as my blood pressure was like 179 /72 or 181/80.. just very odd considering I have never had any problems with my blood pressure unless my kidneys were in trouble. So after the 2 time going into the ER, then being admitted, the heart specialist decided to do a chemically induced stressed test. After this had finished, we found out that my left heart valve was weak and had to put alot of pressure on the valve to move the blood up and around. Hense the high top number. This situation is Lupus related and caused by.... I have been given medication to help support that valve and top these weired feelings in my chest. I am noticing that I am even sleeping better. If this is something you are experiencing, request a stress test to see really how you heart is working. With you already having lupus, chances are it is not a benign situation, but there is help to improved the situation. Hope this helps someone.View Thread
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