Cardiac Yoga for Atrial Fibrillation

Cardiac Yoga for Atrial Fibrillation


We are starting to see the benefits of cardiac yoga.

“Yoga helps Irregular Heart beats” posted in an article in the newspaper: 

cardiac yoga already is proven to decrease blood pressure, reduce inflammation and cholesterol levels.

It can cut in half the risk of a common and potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat, according to a U.S. study released on the weekend.

The small study was the first to examine the benefits of yoga on atrial fibrillation -a problem that is a leading cause of stroke and is most common in the elderly.

In addition to halving the episodes of atrial fibrillation, the study found that yoga also reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression related to the condition.

“These findings are important because many of the current conventional treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation include invasive procedures or medications with undesirable side-effects,” said Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, an associate professor with the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, who led the study.

He presented his findings at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology being held in New Orleans.

The study involved 49 patients with the heart rhythm disorder who had no physical limitations and no prior experience with yoga.

Their episodes of irregular heartbeat were measured for a six-month period by researchers at the hospital.

On average, yoga cut episodes of the irregular heartbeat in half, while also significantly reducing depression and anxiety scores and improving scores in physical functioning, general health, vitality, social functioning and mental health, the researchers found.

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