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Effect of yoga on heart rate and blood pressure and its clinical significance

Author(s): Indla Devasena, Pandurang Narhare

Journal: International Journal of Biological and Medical Research
ISSN 0976-6685

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 750;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Yoga | Healthy volunteers | Heart rate | Blood pressure

The cardiovascular morbidity is increasing in India in recent years. The present study was done to know the effect of yoga on heart rate and blood pressure in healthy volunteers above the age of 40 years. The cardiovascular status of the subjects was assessed clinically in terms of resting heart rate and blood pressure before the start of yoga practice and again after 6 months of yoga practice. The results were compared and analysed with respect to age, sex and body mass index. From the study it was observed that significant reduction in the heart rate occurs in the subjects practicing yoga (P < 0.001). The systolic blood pressure was lowered to a highly significant level (P < 0.001). The diastolic blood pressure was reduced significantly (P < 0.001). This shows that the yoga provides significant improvement in ageing to reduce the morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular diseases.

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