New research shows yoga to be a safe and significantly beneficial prescription for chronic heart failure patients. When compared to medical therapy alone, chronic heart failure patients who simultaneously participated in an 8-week yoga program experienced a 26 percent reduction in quality of life related symptoms as compared with just 3-percent in those undergoing medical therapy alone. Moreover, those participating in yoga had significant decreases in blood inflammatory markers. Thus, yoga was able to provide both a significant physical and quality of life related benefit to the patient.
Source: Reuters. November 5, 2007.