Yoga against fibrillation

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Yoga against fibrillation

The English Royal family also loves yoga, but not only those of the last generations. Since Queen Victoria (1819-1901) it seems that the Royal Family has loved this spiritual practice. And now, with Meghan Markle, the passion has been renewed.

United Kingdom, precisely in the Victorian years, also included India, and for this reason Queen Victoria was appointed Empress of India in 1876. Her Indian assistant Abdul Karim had helped her to get to know the country she ruled without never been there and, during these Indian lessons, the sovereign also learned the ancient art of yoga, then passing it on to her descendants.

Yoga is a discipline that helps the practitioner to achieve physical and mental well-being, and a good balance. Yoga and breathing techniques and movements can also help patients with atrial fibrillation manage their symptoms.

This is supported by a research presented by ESC, the European Congress of Cardiology. The study enrolled 538 patients between 2012 and 2017. For three months they did not do yoga, then for the next four months they followed a 30-minute session per day, which included different postures and breathing.

During this time, patients were told to practice movement and breathing at home as well, daily. Some also wore a device to check for any fibrillation episodes. Then everyone was asked to fill in a questionnaire to indicate their ability in daily activities, energy levels, mood.

Along with a study on anxiety and depression. Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm pathology: in fact one in four middle-aged adults in Europe and the United States will develop it and when you consider that it causes 20-30% of all strokes and increases the risk of death by 1.5 times in men and 2 in women, it is understood that social impact has.

Yoga against fibrillation

with a common reduction in quality of life is a hospital recourse between 10 and 40 percent per year. Symptoms are those that generally scare the sick: palpitations, fast pulse or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and dizziness.

"The symptoms of atrial fibrillation can cause a lot of stress, they come and go and limit the ability to live a normal life," explains study author Naresh Sen of the Indian HG SMS Hospital in Jaipur. And here are the results, between the non-yoga period and yoga.

During the 16 weeks of the yoga period the patients confirmed significant improvements in all areas. For example, they recorded an average of 15 symptomatic AF episodes during the non-yoga period, compared with 8 in the yoga period.

And blood pressure was also lower after training (by 11/6 mmHg). According to the study yoga has broad-spectrum benefits on the physical and mental health of patients with atrial fibrillation.