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Can You Exercise With Tachycardia?

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Michael Scott began writing professionally in 2011. He is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor and wrote about the effects of music on exercise for the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association and TexFit. Scott holds a Master of Science in education from Stephen F. Austin State University where he also studied kinesiology and exercise science.
Can You Exercise With Tachycardia?
Tachycardia is an abnormally rapid heart rhythm.

A normal heart rhythm has the ability to pump blood to and from the heart without undue stress. Tachycardia is a rhythmic disorder of the heart that causes it to beat at a faster rate than normal. A resting heart rate that is between 100 and 130 beats per minute can be classified under this disorder, states ACLS Training Center. It is important that you seek immediate medical attention to ensure you remain healthy.

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Symptoms of Tachycardia

Arrhythmic disorders of the heart can come and go. Many times, the effects of these arrhythmias are amplified when you perform physical activity. Chest pain, rapid heartbeat, fainting, light-headedness, shortness of breath, paleness and changes in the heart's beating pattern are all symptoms to look for. If you have had a past heart attack, overactive thyroid, heart failure, blood chemistry imbalances or cardiomyopathy, your risk for developing tachycardia increases.


If you are feeling any of the symptoms of tachycardia, it is crucial to your health to seek medical attention. Tachycardia can be treated with medication, surgery and medically supervised defibrillation. Heart attack, stroke and death are some complications if tachycardia goes untreated.

Exercising With Tachycardia

The American College of Sports Medicine classifies individuals with tachycardia as high risk. A high risk person is required to seek medical attention and receive a doctor's clearance before performing any physical activity, as doing so may be unsafe. Tachycardia can be managed and even prevented by eating healthy, exercising regularly and not smoking.


Seek medical attention before beginning any exercise program. Not only will medical supervision help manage tachycardia, it can save your life. Serious arrhythmias of the heart can lead to life-threatening events. Do not exercise if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of tachycardia.

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