6 Heart-Health Benefits of Yoga, 6 of 6

A six-part series from everydayhealth.com by Ashley Welch and reviewed by Michael Cutler, DO, PhD.

Heart Health Benefit #6: Yoga May Soothe an Irregular Heart Beat

Atrial fibrillation, or afib, is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating that can lead to stroke and other complications. According to small study of 49 participants published in March 2013 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, practicing yoga was linked to a drop in the number of episodes experienced by patients who have atrial fibrillation — to half the number they had before the trial. Yoga practitioners also had lower heart rates and blood pressure following yoga sessions. Though more research is needed to confirm a connection, Dr. Ostfeld says, “There may be some potential for yoga to help in the treatment of people with atrial fibrillation to reduce the number of episodes they have.”

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