Yoga and aerobic exercise together may improve heart disease risk factors

Studies have found that obese heart disease patients who practiced yoga and aerobic exercise together, had twice the reduction in blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels, as compared to those who did either yoga or aerobics alone. They also showed significant improvement in the left ventricular ejection fraction (amount of blood pumped out of the heart with every heartbeat), diastolic function and exercise capacity. Over a period of 18 months, 750 patients with coronary heart disease were divided into 3 groups who did – aerobics only, yoga only and aerobics/ yoga together. Results showed that a combination of both yoga and aerobics can not only reduce mental, physical and vascular stress, but may also lead to decreased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity by lowering the risk factors.

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