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Yoga May Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Episodes

Posted Apr 22 2011 10:40pm
Posted on 2011-04-20 06:00:00 in Cardio-Vascular | Exercise | Pulmonary |
Yoga May Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Episodes

Yoga may cut down on episodes of atrial fibrillation for paroxysmal patients, report Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, from the University of Kansas Hospital (Missouri, USA), and colleagues.   Regular guided yoga sessions with relaxation and breathing exercises reduced the number of atrial fibrillation episodes by nearly 45%, to an average of 2.1 over three months compared with 3.8 doing other types of exercise for three months. Quality of life, depression, and anxiety also showed benefits from the yoga regimen.

Lakkireddy D, et al.  "Impact of yoga on arrhythmia burden and quality of life (QoL) in patients with symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: The Yoga My Heart Study."  Presented at American College of Cardiology 2011.

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