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My tachycardia has been identified as NSVT. Can I engage in strength training and aerobic  exercise? 

Dear Doctor, I am 50 year old male with tachycardia identified on the holter [monitor] as NSVT. I also experience a more irregular tachycardia, which seems to match the symptoms for atrial fibrillation. The echo says that the heart is structurally normal, and the cause of the tachycardia has not been identified. How safe would it be for me to do strength training and aerobic interval training exercises? Thanks.

submitted by Kris from India on 12/16/2012


Patrick J. Cook, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Patrick J. Cook, MD    

"NSVT" usually means non-sustained ventricular tachycardia. THAT (if that's what you have) needs to be addressed by a cardiologist before considering an exercise program. 

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