KU Hospital Study Says Yoga Helps Heart

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ University of Kansas Hospital research is finding that regular yoga may help keep heart rhythm disorders in check.

The Kansas City Star reports that a KU Hospital study was published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The research finds that regular yoga sessions can help reduce the number of episodes of rapid, out-of-control heartbeats experienced by patients with atrial fibrillation.

The preliminary study also shows that the patients cut their blood pressure and lowered their levels of anxiety and depression.

Two similar studies are also under way at KU Hospital.

KU heart specialist Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy says yoga isn't a solution in itself, but it has profound effects. Lakkireddy wants to see if yoga training can work for patients with other heart rhythm disorders.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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