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Heart-stopping-like sensation/flutters while meditating/falling asleep

Hi all,
I’ve been meditating for 1,5 years now, every day for about 7-15 minutes. A couple of weeks ago I had my first 30 minutes long meditation (it was a guided visualization). In the last maybe 10 minutes of the practice, I felt like my heart skipped a beat. I didn’t really care about it then and just kept going.
The same sensation occurred a couple of times after, in the same situation (the end of the meditation). I started to really worry about it. The feeling became stronger and now makes my body flutter every time I meditate, ruining my practice. Since I realized something is not right, the sensation started to haunt me at night, right before falling asleep. I'm afraid of it, my sleep is very bad and I wake up almost every hour. On the same days I started meditating for longer I also started the Wim Hoff breathing technique. When this happened to me at night for the first time I stopped this practice cause I thought it might be in some kind related.
After it kept happening to me for a couple of days in a row, I called the doctor. He thinks it's stress related to moving out of the house in 2 weeks, although I told him I'm not that stressed about it (at least consciously). I had a blood test done and am going to have ECG. Still waiting for the results.
I have a healthy lifestyle, I'm vegan and 20 years old.
I also have mild depression and anxiety. Since I started to do yoga and focus more on my spirituality (about 3 months now) my mental health is a lot better and I manage it easier than ever.
In the past, I had the feeling of my heart skipping a beat although it felt different from what I have now and wasn't regular at all (once for a couple of months, now- every day before going to sleep and meditating).
I also had a pain in the left side of my chest, have been taken by ambulance, and tested with ECG. Medics told me that everything looks good and it's probably one of the muscles cause I did yoga with a lot of chaturangas that day.
Today I woke up gasping for breath. I never had this sensation before, I know how my sleep paralysis used to feel and it's completely different. I'm really worried, I haven't slept almost the whole night cause I'm simply afraid to do so.
Does anyone have any idea what it is? Why did it start to happen while meditating for longer?
I'd highly appreciate any answer
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20748650 tn?1521032211
Vagally mediated. Sometimes heart rhythm stuff or ectopy likes to come out strictly when resting.. sleep.. or the moments immediately before or after sleep.
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