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Study Finds Yoga May Help with Atrial Fibrillation

admin - September 26, 2013

yoga helps atrial fibrillation

Yoga is known to offer a host of psychological and physical health benefits. Recently, studies have shown that the popular exercise can ease the burden of people with atrial fibrillation.

According to researchers from the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center, yoga appears to enhance the quality of life for those with atrial fibrillation. Published a few months ago in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the findings hint at something promising. Yoga, the researchers found, improved symptoms of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The training also enhanced their general health, (particularly blood pressure, arrhythmia burden and heart rate), and decreased depression and anxiety.

Atrial fibrillation is a common type of abnormal heartbeat, which means that the heart cannot pump enough blood for the body’s needs. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, people may not be aware that their heartbeat is regularly. The symptoms of atrial fibrillation may start or stop suddenly on their own.

Some of the symptoms include palpitations, rapid or pounding pulse, dizziness, confusion, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of ability to exercise. These problems can affect everyone but they are especially common among older men and women. People with hypertension, coronary artery disease, alcohol abuse problems or heart valve disease are likely to show the symptoms.

While atrial fibrillation isn’t fatal in and of itself, if left untreated, AFib can lead to major health complications such as heart failure and stroke. This is why people at risk for the condition should consider an atrial fibrillation screening, and those who have the condition should seek treatment from their physician.

This study shows that yoga may have a positive impact on people already diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. For those hoping to prevent the development of this condition, healthy lifestyles are especially important. Yoga alone won’t help you avoid the condition. Take a proactive approach by learning about screening for atrial fibrillation, eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, avoiding cigarettes and heavy alcohol consumption, and striving to live a healthy life.


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