Yoga may help reduce blood pressure in people who are at risk for developing hypertension, a new study finds.
“Patients with pre-hypertension [slightly elevated blood pressure] are likely to develop hypertension [high blood pressure] unless they improve their lifestyle,” said study author Dr. Ashutosh Angrish. He is a cardiologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital in Delhi, India.
“Both pre-hypertension and high blood pressure increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure,” Angrish added.
The new study included 60 people who had slightly elevated blood pressure but were otherwise healthy. The participants were randomly assigned to either practice hatha yoga while also making conventional lifestyle changes, or to just make the lifestyle changes (the “control” group). The lifestyle changes included moderate aerobic exercise, eating a healthier diet and quitting smoking.
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