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Objective benefit with tai chi in chronic heart failure

 The data supporting benefits from tai chi in people with heart failure are growing.

Here’s the latest.

First, the details.

  • 30 patients with chronic heart failure were randomly assigned to receive tai chi plus usual care, or usual care alone.
  • A full range of heart failure patients was included, from no symptoms to severe limitations.

And, the results.

  • At 12 weeks, patients who participated in tai chi showed significantly improved quality of life based on the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire.
  • There was significantly increased exercise capacity.
  • A significant decrease in B-type natriuretic peptide was measured vs the control group.
    • Levels of B-type natriuretic peptide are elevated in patients with heart failure and correlate with the severity of symptoms and the prognosis of the disease.
  • The tai chi group also showed significantly improved sleep stability and estimated total sleep time vs the control group.

The bottom line?
Interesting that an objective measure of heart failure, B-type natriuretic peptide, improved with tai chi.

Others have reported benefits in the past year.

9/6/08 16:51 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.