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Yoga Type Exercise Can Benefit Heart Health

The practice like a yoga type exercise can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


If you have risk factors for heart disease, you may want to add yoga to your exercise routine. A new study shows that adding the practice to regular aerobic exercise can improve heart health markers such as blood pressure, body mass index, and cholesterol levels.

Presenting the data to the 8th Emirates Cardiac Society congress in Dubai, Indian researchers found that those who practiced yoga in combination with regular aerobic exercise had twice the reduction in blood pressure levels and cholesterol/triglyceride levels over a three to six month study.

This is compared to participants who only performed one or the other, so the combination seems to be particularly beneficial.

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"Combined Indian yoga and aerobic exercise reduce mental, physical and vascular stress and can lead to decreased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity," said Sonal Tanwar, PhD, a scholar in preventative cardiology, and Naresh Sen, DM, PhD, a consultant cardiologist, both at HG SMS Hospital, Jaipur, India.

"Heart disease patients could benefit from learning Indian yoga and making it a routine part of daily life."

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American College of Cardiology. "Yoga and aerobic exercise together may improve heart disease risk factors: Study shows significant improvement in heart health when patients practice both activities." ScienceDaily. 19 October 2017.

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