I'm looking for advice about exercising with SVT.
Firstly a little about my condition. I've had daily episodes of SVT (usually around five or six episodes a day) for as long as I can remember and I'm now on a waiting list to have catheter ablation. I also suffer with very pronounced ectopic beats which can aggravate my SVT. I'm very lucky that I've always been able to control the SVT with my breathing (being a flute player has helped enormously) so it's only the severity of my attacks that has prompted my choice to have surgery. I don't suffer from anxiety at all (again, I'm very lucky with this) but feel a little in dark about who to talk to for advice.
I have recently started running and have joined the gym to help improve my fitness/strength (I'm female, 35, average build/weight) but I was looking for advice with using gym equipment that may or may not be suitable to use if you have SVT. I've heard that using equipment that puts pressure on your chest should be avoided; is this true? If so, are there any strengthening exercises that I can do to help my upper body that won't put unnecessary stress on my heart?
For the past few months I've been focusing on strengthening my legs to help with my running but I'd like to work on my upper body too so any advice, tips or suggestions that anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated. I have no idea when my ablation is due to be, hopefully not too far in the distant future as it will be amazing to really push myself without fear of having an SVT episode.