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Yoga benefits in heart failure reported

Among other things, yoga improved exercise tolerance, according to this study from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

First, the details.

  • 19 people with chronic heart failure (ranging from mild to marked) were randomly assigned to yoga treatment or standard medical therapy.

And, the results.

  • Exercise time and heart work (measured by VO2 peak) significantly improved with yoga vs standard medical care.
  • There were statistically significant reductions in serum levels of IL-6 (interleukin-6; pro-inflammatory protein) and hsCRP (C-reactive protein; test for risk of heart attack) and an increase in extracellular superoxide dismutase (EC-SOD; detoxification of reactive oxygen species) with yoga.
  • Quality of life scores improved 26% with yoga group vs 3% in the standard care group.

The bottom line?
In addition to exercise tolerance, there were improvements in a range of laboratory test, consistent with benefits for the heart.

But it’s a very small group of patients with a range of heart dysfunction, and earlier studies in small groups show inconsistent results here and here.

6/10/08 11:08 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.