Yoga can improve QOL and decrease HR in patients with paroxysmal AF
Yoga could be a complementary treatment method to standard therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). A randomized pilot trial of 80 patients with AF in Sweden showed that those who received standard therapy and participated in a 12-week yoga program, designed specifically for CVD patients and focused on deep breathing, plus standard therapy, had significantly higher mental-health scores vs those who received standard therapy only. The yoga group also had significantly lower heart rate (HR) and lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Maria Wahlstrom of Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden said, “Our results show that yoga significantly improves QOL and that their increased comfort allows them to more easily tolerate their conditions.” Yoga could be a complementary treatment method to standard therapy. The findings were published online March 14, 2016 in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.