The first thing you need to do is determine, from your general practitioner what tests you’ve had on your heart. Would it have been ECG or an exercise ECG? Generally, if your heart has been checked by a doctor or general practitioner and they've cleared you to exercise you need to seek the advice of an exercise physiologist before starting any exercise program. The exercise physiologist will determine the best exercise for you and your condition and also, show you the right exercises that won't make your anxiety or condition worse. They prescribe specific exercises, based on guidelines and also the latest information and advice about exercising, especially with your heart.
The important thing is to start out at a very low intensity. You should be able to talk during exercise and generally, the advice I would give would be no more than five or ten minutes each machine. Monitor your heart if that's what you're concerned about through a heart rate monitor. However in the experience with heart palpitations, they generally would come about with an increase in exercise, or a sudden stop in exercise. So be mindful. I would definitely seek the advice, of your general practitioner if you have any symptoms during exercise. Number two, have an assessment by an exercise physiologist to determine your safe heart rate ranges. And number three increase your confidence with exercise. In addressing your last question “Should I continue if I experience these during exercise?'' I would advise to slow down and stop immediately when you can't talk and seek advice from your GP to find out if there's anything more going on.
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