Tuesday, April 5. 2011
Regularly practicing yoga can have considerable health benefits for someone suffering from an irregular heartbeat, according to a study from the University of Kansas Hospital, which found it can reduce the number of episodes by half.
To study yoga's affect on people with atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm condition that can increase the risk of stoke, researchers studied 49 patients between the ages of 25 and 70 who had the condition. Over a three month period, those who practiced yoga three times a week for 45 minutes experienced about 2.1 atrial fibrillation episodes, compared with 3.8 episodes during the three months prior to beginning yoga.
Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, the lead author of the study, told Reuters that yoga can help regulate a patients heartbeat and improve their quality of life.
"These findings are important because many of the current conventional treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation include invasive procedures or medications with undesirable side effects," Lakkireddy said, although he added that yoga should be a supplement, and not a replacement for prescribed medications.
Yoga has been found to improve a variety of chronic illnesses that can raise health insurance costs. According to a 2008 study from the Yoga Journal, nearly 14 million Americans started practicing yoga that year at the advice of a physician or therapist.
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