What is SVT and can you keep exercising with it?
This is my own experience with (SVT), and I am no doctor and if you feel that you have (SVT) or any other arrhythmia issues go and see a Doctor.
Over the last year I have had my heart flutter, sometimes for a few seconds and sometimes for 10-15 minutes, this all started while I was doing a sportive last September, while I have been cycling for years before I never had this experience, half way round the 60 mile course I had to get off my bike and rest every 10 minutes until in the end of the ride, the last stop I took my heart rate got up to 223-BPM, this felt my heart was about to jump out of my chest, after lying down for 30 minutes my heart rate came back down and I managed to hobble back at a very slow pace and sign out of the sportive. Let’s not get to bogged down with what happened to me lets look at what (SVT) is and is it safe for me to exercise with this condition.
The answer is Yes, I am able to do my normal workouts, weight work and HIIT cardio workouts, I know when I’m about to have a flutter and I can deal with it as I need to, just by stopping with what I’m doing and sitting on the floor, not on a chair, as its further to fall off a chair. This is my own experience and you may have another experience.
Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) happens when the electrical system that controls your heart isn’t working as it should be, so the upper chambers of the heart are not in sync with the lower chambers, (This is a simple way of explaining it ) although this sounds frightening it is very common, about 1-1000 people have (SVT) I have spoken to a lot of people about this condition about this and the majority of people know someone who has had this.
There are something’s you can do yourself to stop having an episode of (SVT) there are
It is comforting to know that it is a common thing, but it is even better to have a doctor confirm it and that it is nothing more serious, as it stands I have been given some beta blockers just in case an episode last for a long time. The only issue with using beta blockers while exercising is that you wont to get a true exertion rate, as the beta blockers will slow your heart down, even if you’re doing a high intensity workout.
All in all, it I’ve got it lucky and it could be a lot worse, maybe I didn’t work out it may have been a bigger problem.
For more information on Arrythmia or any other heart issues check out the NHS website.