by Bailey Haack
Rigorous yoga has been shown to fix multiple health problems, now including irregular heartbeats, according to a U.S. study released Saturday.
Yoga cut, on average, up to half of episodes of atrial fibrillation, according to new research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 60th Annual Scientific Session. The Huffington Post reported that yoga was shown to significantly improve the quality of life of patients who participated in the study.
The study looked at 49 patients with irregular heartbeat disorders who had not tried yoga before. A Reuters report said that the participant's heartbeat episodes were measured for six months.
Participants were encouraged to practice daily yoga exercises at home, as well as taking 45-minute sessions with certified instructors three times a week, according to Reuters.
"These findings are important because many of the current conventional treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation include invasive procedures or medications with undesirable side effects," said Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, an associate professor of medicine with the University of Kansas Hospital.