Yoga may have a profound and positive impact on secondary prevention and improvement on overall conditions in individuals with coronary heart disease, some studies suggested.
Coronary artery disease is a medical condition caused by accumulation of plaques that block arteries in supply blood nutrients and oxygen to the heart. Most cases of the disease is associated to atherosclerosis, the condition of hardening of the arteries.
Dr. Venegas-Pino DE in the classification of the effect of diet on heart diseases said," the western-diet-fed male ApoE-/-:Ins2+/Akita mouse, with profound cardiovascular disease involving extensive atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and myocardial infarct resulting in shortened lifespan(4)".
Over time, prolonged weakened heart muscle can lead to complications of heart failure, irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia.
In a total of 80 stable CAD patients below 65 years of age of both sexes selected and randomized into two groups of 40 each. yoga Group I with for 3 months yoga lessons consisted yogic postures, pranayama breathing exercises, dietary modification, and holistic teaching along with their conventional medicine while Group II treated only on conventional medicine after 3 months, researchers found that,
*Groups attended yoga lessons expresses statistically significant improvements slow vital capacity, forced vital capacity, peak expiratory flow rate, maximum voluntary ventilation, and diffusion factor/ transfer factor of lung for carbon monoxide in compared to group II.
* The lung function in forced respiratory volume in 1(st) sec (FEV1), and FEV1 % also shows a trend toward improvement although not statistically significant in also compared to conventional treatment group.
These results suggested that yoga postures and meditation have a profound effect in relaxed arterial muscle to allow more blood to flow through by reduced stress which causes the muscle wall tightening.
Furthermore, yoga posture and breathing technique also improved the lung muscle in absorption of more oxygen for the blood.
The relaxation to allow more blood to provide nutrients and oxygen to the body needs may also result in reduced the blood pressure, thus lowering the heart rate.
After taking into account of other risk factors, researchers suggested that yoga therapy expressed a significant effect on secondary prevention of mortality and morbidity and health-related quality of life of individuals with coronary heart disease,
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(1) Effect of yoga regimen on lung functions including diffusion capacity in coronary artery diseasepatients: A randomized controlled study by Yadav A1, Singh S2, Singh K2, Pai P1.(PubMed)
(2) Effect of yogic intervention on the autonomic nervous system in the patients with coronary artery disease: a randomized controlled trial by Pal A, Srivastava N, Narain VS, Agrawal GG, Rani M.(PubMed)
(3) Yoga for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease by Lau HL1, Kwong JS, Yeung F, Chau PH, Woo J.(PubMed)
(4) Evidence of extensive atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction in the ApoE-/-:Ins2+/Akita mouse fed a western diet by Venegas-Pino DE1, Lagrotteria A2, Wang PW3, Morphet J3, Clapdorp C3, Shi Y3, Werstuck GH(PubMed)