Yoga reduces irregular heartbeat and anxiety

A new US study has revealed that yoga can halve the number of episodes of a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation, and improve the symptoms of anxiety and depression often associated with the condition.

Previous research has demonstrated the positive impact of yoga on overall heart health like lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but this is the first study to examine its benefits specifically on patients with atrial fibrillation.

`These findings are important because many of the current conventional treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation include invasive procedures or medications with undesirable side effects,` the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, lead author of the study and an associate professor with the University of Kansas Hospital, as saying.

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