Study says that Tai Chi is good for heart patients

April 26th, 2011 - 10:40 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard have concluded a study that suggest that heart attack patients’ lives are improved if they practice the Chinese tradition of Tai Chi.

The researchers looked at the health of about 100 heart patients. Half of the patients were enrolled in a Tai Chi lessons with the other half enrolled in a classroom heart lessons. The tai chi group was made to take the session just one hour every week. At the end of the study, it was determined that though the physical responses of the members of the two groups were the same, the emotional state of the tai chi group was much better.

The information was collected from the patients using a questionnaire. The researchers were quick to add that further studies are needed to fully understand the factors behind the findings. Among the things that improved in the tai chi group was the confidence to perform activities which the group members couldn’t perform before.

Previous studies have shown that tai chi positively affects people who have high blood pressure, stress and fibromyalgia.

The study was published in the journal of the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine.

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