Stretching For A Healthier Heart

The benefits of yoga in relieving depression and lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol
have already been proven, but a recent study shows that yoga also relieves the effects of atrial
fibrillation, a disorder that causes an irregular heartbeat. In the study, 49 patients with
atrial fibrillation participated in a three month long program that consisted of 45 minute long
yoga sessions with a professional instructor three times a week, as well as sessions at home on
their own. At the end of the study, most of the patients reported that irregular heartbeat
episodes were cut in half. Fewer episodes meant a reduction in depression and anxiety, which contributed to an overall improved sense of health and well-being. The results were impressive
enough that researchers behind the study recommended that yoga be included in an overall
treatment plan for atrial fibrillation, provided patients do not have any other physical

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