Post ablation and problems with exercising

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Just writing this is to see if anyone has had this problem.

A little bit of background information. I had an ablation 11 months ago for SVT. Since having an SVT attack and the ablation I have been really worried and anxious to get into exercise (recommended by the hospital and im not the most fit person) because i don't like feeling my heart beat in my chest as it scares me. I bit the bullet and went to a bounce fit exercise class on Monday. during the exercise i kept up and felt okay the entire time (it lasted an hour) however 15minutes after stopping my heart rate went to 136bpm and i felt slighty unwell. this of course caused me to panic. i got home and felt much better however my heart rate stayed between 115-120bpm three hours after i had finished the class and an hour of this was even after i fell asleep (according to my fitbit) i wanted to 111 (non emergency care line) to get advice but decided to go to sleep as im so anxious about it sometimes i get made to feel that this is all in my head. this is the first time i have exercised after ablation and i was worried about it before i went (also had a very stressful day) I went to the doctors yesterday and he is referring me back to the hospital. however i had recently been there and had 48hour ecg and everything was fine they told me the ablation was 100% success and there is no reason i should be having problems and if its my anxiety causing me to feel things that might not actually be there 😕. Has anyone experienced this after exercising. its something i want to carry on doing or maybe i should of started slower instead of going to a quite intense class.

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    i would advise that you start any new exercise with low cardio as a rule.

    Jumping straight into high intensity with no base is a bit mad for anyone.

    Build your aerobic base slowly over time.

    i would say you are panicking a little.

    its not surprising that you had an elevated heart rate, as your body just would not be used to it.

    i have an SVT, i choose to live with it currently. i kinda do low intensity exercise.

    SVT is always worse when stressed, tired or sick I find, otherwise manageable for me personally.

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      Thanks for your advice, yea I think I was silly to jump in at the deep end now I have read everyone's comments and have thought about it properly. I feel a bit reassured now 😃

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    Your first exercise in 11 months and you did a bounce class? Whatever that is it sounds intense.

    I suggest you work at improving your overall fitness slowly and build up.

    I haven't had ablation but was terrified of exercise after a treadmill test triggered SVT.

    My cardiologist stressed that exercise is good for the heart as long as you warm up and increase it gradually it. I followed his advice and have made good progress doing pilates, walking, weights and even a little treadmill / cycling.

    I have found that what increases my heart rate can be as random as walking to the kitchen and yet I can do a brisk 2 mile walk and it barely goes above 120.

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      Yea thanks for this after reading comments I have realised I was probably a little stupid to do that. I feel a little bit better knowing this might of been self inflicted rather than the SVT coming back or that something terrible is wrong with my heart or something. Though when I spoke to my Doctor about it he didn't say anything of the sort and has referred me back to the hospital. I could wait months to be seen but now I feel like i'll probably be wasting there time 😕

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    Hi Rachel

    I had my 4th ablation August 2018 which unfortunately didn't work. After seeing my cardiologist in December and going through the results of a week long Holter monitor I am on the list for a 5th ablation. However as my medication was obviously not working we changed into ones I have not tried.

    Now I have not felt this good in about 6 years and decided to start some regular exercise, swimming. The first time I went, after 1 length my heart was racing and I didn't feel good at all. So sat on the side and hoped it would pass. Obviously I knew doing exercise would automatically raise my heart rate but it was nowhere near the 190/200 I had previously been used to.

    I continue to swim and each time I go notice a difference in my stamina and how I feel afterwards and I will just build on this.

    Perhaps as previously said start off with a less strenuous activity and work up.

    Hope it all goes well for you, you will get there I'm sure.

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      Thanks, yea I defiantly think i'll start slowly and hope it doesn't happen again and my heart acted like that because I went in to fast rather then there being anymore issues with my heart fingers crossed

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