Yoga benefits people with heart problems

Study finds yoga beneficial to heart patients with atrial fibrillation.

There’s nothing like scientific proof touting the benefits of yoga to make our day. A recent study done at the University of Kansas Hospital on the effects of yoga for patients with atrial fibrillation found that yoga helps reduce episodes of irregular heartbeat and improve the symptoms of anxiety often associated with the disease. The lead investigating doctor of the study also noted that yoga is known to improve many risk factors for heart disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries and stress and inflammation of the body.

While you may not be surprised to find out that yoga is good for your heart, the fact that a well-regarded institution like the University of Kansas Hospital is taking notice is a big deal. This study is the first of its kind and the findings are great news for people with heart problems looking to improve the quality of their life. 

Our favorite sentence from the article: "Given the low cost, safety and effectiveness of yoga, the authors recommend that it be considered in the overall treatment strategy for atrial fibrillation and other complex heart rhythm disorders."


The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, followed 49 patients for a total of six months. Get more info about the yoga for atrial fibrillation study here.  

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