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Yoga’s Effect on Atrial Fibrillation

admin - September 24, 2012

Yoga has been known to be a great stress-reliever and calming mechanism. But did you know it may also benefit your heart?

This HealthDay TV video discusses a study that reviewed the effects of yoga on people with atrial fibrillation, a serious heart condition that impacts millions of people. The results, they found, show there may be more benefits to yoga than we initially thought.

Lowering your risk of developing atrial fibrillation doesn’t have to be a challenge. By consuming a healthy diet full of nutrients and vitamins, remaining physically active and avoiding things like smoking and heavy drinking, you can keep your heart as healthy as possible. Learn other ways you can have lifelong health by visiting Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Yoga and AFib

Here is the audio text to the video:

“Yoga may be good for your body and mind and it may also calm your heart when it gets out of line. Yoga can help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.

In a new study, researchers looked at whether yoga may also be useful for treating atrial fibrillation. This problem causes the heart to beat irregularly, keeping it from pumping blood properly.

The researchers followed 49 people with the condition. For three months they stuck to their usual exercise habits. For the next three months they attended yoga sessions three times a week and learned how to do yoga at home. During the entire study, they answered surveys about their mood and their quality of life.

The participants had fewer episodes of irregular heartbeat while they were practicing yoga. They also reported less anxiety and depression and a better quality of life.

Since yoga is low cost and appears safe, the researchers recommend that people consider using it as part of an overall plan for treating atrial fibrillation.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news the doctors are reading, health news that matters to you.”


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