Yoga has long been known to help alleviate stress, improve balance, build strength, and tone muscles, but there is new information that could put yoga at the forefront of treatment for irregular heartbeat.
According to the American Heart Association about 2.7 million people suffer from atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat and are in treatment programs to combat it. New studies by W. Todd Cade, a physical therapy researcher from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that patients in the study that participated in group yoga for a period of 3 months showed nearly half as many quivering heartbeat episodes as those that did not participate in yoga. Additionally, their heart rate also decreased from an average of 67 BPM (beats per minute) to between 61 and 62 BPM.
Another benefit to patients incorporating yoga into their treatment plan was the notable lower levels of anxiety that they felt. There is clearly defined link between anxiety and patients with atrial fibrillation and with the integration of yoga – a proven stress and anxiety release – patients can increase their treatment success by utilizing it to reduce their own anxiety and stress.
It is important to note that any person suffering from atrial fibrillation should consult with a physician before introducing any new physical programs to their treatment to ensure that they are healthy enough for the activity. With a doctor’s permission, however, a yoga program could help patients successfully treat irregular heartbeat with less medication and with more long term results with lifestyle change.
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