Features June 2011 Issue

Yoga May Help Reduce Episodes of Atrial Fibrillation

The calming and balancing effects of yoga may cut down on common triggers for AF episodes and may have other health benefits, too.

Patients with atrial fibrillation may experience fewer episodes of the cardiac arrhythmia if they do yoga a few times a week. Researchers presenting their study at the American College of Cardiology conference in April found that AF patients who took a 45-minute yoga class three times a week reduced the number of AF episodes by almost 50 percent during the three months they took the classes. Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the heartís ventricles quiver occasionally instead of beat in a strong and coordinated manner to pump blood throughout the body.

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