Yoga for Atrial Fibrillation

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. It’s known to bring inner peace and tranquility, but now researchers have found it’s also good for heart patients with atrial fibrillation.

We’ve always known that Yoga was recommended for spiritual peace and relaxation, but now it’s also known to bring better health to heart patients. Researchers at the University of Kansas Hospital have discovered that time spent doing Yoga breathing and stretching can keep dangerously heart rhythm disorders controlled. Wonderful news for everyone who experiences atrial fibrillation and  synocope. Atrial fibrillation is out of control heartbeats which is very serious and usually means a hospital stay with IV medications. Synocope is similar but also causes fainting.  It’s great news for those who experience these faulty heart rhythms.

A hospital study published last month in the American Journal of Cardiology found that practicing Yoga as little as one hour twice a week can significantly reduce the number of episodes of rapid out of control heart beats experienced by heart patients. The research is so significant that the University of Kansas Hospital is enrolling patients with other health problems in the study.

Yoga is something that anyone can do in their own living room. It doesn’t cost a penny and it’s not a medicine. It’s in the reach of everyone that wants to help control rapid heartbeats. Yoga isn’t a solution in itself but it provides a way to provide relief for ones self.

Somewhere in the area of 3 million Americans suffer from atrail fibrillation and many drugs are used to treat this condition but they don’t work for every patient, and when they do, they lose their usefulness over time. Doctors also do a procedure that destroys electrical hot spots that cause rapid heart beats. It’s successful  about 70 percent of the time.

Atrail Fibrillation is rapid chaotic beating, often hundreds of times a minute. It causes the heart to pump less effectively and blood can pool up and clot, risking a stroke or heart attach. The theory is that Yoga acts on the autonomic nervous system, the body’s yin and yang system, to bring the heart rhythm into balance. The autonomic nervous system produces the fight or flight response of rapid heartbeat and elevated blood pressure.  Yoga may tone it down. The parasympathetic system slows the pulse and lowers blood pressure. Yoga may enhance it’s action.

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  1. Well done and well prepared article. Thanks.

  2. Well, I certainly learned some valid things about Atrial Fibrillation. I have had palpitations for as long as I can recall but usually EKG’s are okay. Still this helps me. :)

  3. My dad had this nand had to get an atrial defibrillator in his chest.

  4. Wonderful share. interesting.

  5. Good share, I do believe Yoga is good for the mind and body, thanks for this article.

  6. Yoga does seem to be good for a lot of ailments. Great share, well written.

  7. Excellent post, Ruby. Yoga is very good for the mind and body.

  8. While I do yoga and agree it is good to relax the mind and body, you must be careful with A Fib. It can be dangerous. I just don’t want people to think they can treat it with yoga only and stop taking their medications.

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