I've been living with SVT most of my life. I take metroprolol, a beta blocker, sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't. In the past year my heart episodes have become more frequent and disruptive. You can imagine how frustrating it is to get myself pumped up to go for a nice long walk only to have to sit still, feeling faint for the next 1 to 4 hours because of a sudden episode. SVT can make it very difficult to be active! If you smoke, consume caffeine (including chocolate+soda), consume alcohol or function on much too little sleep, please try to cut back on these habits, it will make a huge difference. If you find your SVT is triggered by stress and anxiety, look into meditation. Give yourself plenty of time to warm up before cardio and cool down after. Someday I would love to be able to jog or lose myself on the dance floor, I may need to have a procedure done to fix my heart before I can indulge in these activities. Until then I need to be aware of when I'm feeling overtired, anxious or excited, take cues from my body and take time out to relax.
Edited by: ROXXVIOLET at: 3/6/2012 (23:17)
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I have ventricular tachycardia. I take a beta blocker to keep my heart rate down. What helps me is wearing a pedometer and getting steps throughout the day, that way your heart rate isn't getting real high, just a little for health and weight.. :-) Also, the longer you walk over time it actually lowers your heart rate.
Walk, Walk, Walk - Get those steps in!!
Sedentary...............less than 5,000 steps/day Low Active..............5,000-7,499 steps/day Somewhat Active....7,500-9,999 steps/day Active.............10,000-12,500 steps/day Highly Active...... ...12,501+ steps/day Old Order Amish women with very low, 4% obesity: ..........14,000+ steps/day
I do not have tachycardia or SVT. I have Congenital Heart Disease: Tetralogy of Fallot with VSD repair, and pulmonary valve replacement. When my valve was acting up I had a very elevated heart rate until repair. I can relate to that feeling, and it is not a good one.
Has your cardiologist suggested a type of exercise for you? I think cardio in general may be difficult with your condition, but I am not an expert.
You could do some light hand weight strength training, possibly pillates or yoga would be doable for your condition. The bonus with pillates and yoga - stress relief and relaxation!
Possibly some one else with your condition can respond, but I think it best to check with your doctor for their suggestions.
Best wishes to you, I hope you find what works best for you!
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I have an elevated heArt rate... Just walking briskly can raise my heart rate into the 160s. I have even had episodes of SVT. At times the elevated heart rate causes me chest pain and palpitations. My doctor gave me bystolic to take as needed. My concern is that I want to start exercising so I can get healthier... Any suggestions or ideas on how to do this.... Anyone else suffer from tachycardia or SVT?
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