Thursday 27 August 2020
A new study reported that practicing yoga can help heart patients overcome symptoms of atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat).
“Symptoms of atrial fibrillation can be painful, but they come and go, which makes many patients feel anxious and limits their ability to lead a normal life,” said Dr. Tarish Sen, a professor at the University of Washington College of Medicine.
The study examined whether yoga could relieve symptoms in patients with atrial fibrillation, and the study included 538 patients during the period from 2012 to 2017, and the patients remained for 12 weeks without practicing yoga, then they attended for 16 weeks, 30-minute yoga sessions every day. During the period of yoga, the patients were also encouraged to move and breathe at home on a daily basis.
During the two study periods, symptoms and episodes of atrial fibrillation were recorded on a daily basis, and some patients also wore a heart monitor to check the attacks of atrial fibrillation, and the heart rate and blood pressure were measured, and then the researchers compared the results between the two periods of non-practicing and practicing yoga.
During the 16-week period of practicing yoga, the researchers explained, patients experienced significant improvements in all aspects compared to the 12-week no-yoga period, for example, during the no-yoga period, patients experienced an average of 15 episodes of atrial fibrillation symptoms. Compared to 8 episodes during a period of yoga, the average blood pressure was 11/6 mm Hg lower after the yoga training.