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Tai Chi - A Low-cost, Low-intensity Option for Managing Cardiovascular Risk

May 25, 2010 - Cardiovascular disease is clearly an important public health problem, with 1 in 3 American adults affected. Mortality due to underlying cardiovascular disease accounts for more than one-third of all deaths.

The evidence from long-term prospective studies consistently suggests that the majority of cardiovascular disease is preventable with healthy lifestyles and modification of known risk factors. Physical activity and exercise continue to be recognized for both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

According to Tufts University Medical School, there is evidence that exercise improves many aspects of cardiovascular health including reduced incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, and hypertension, but the majority of this research has focused on the impact of vigorous or moderate exercise.

In 2009, the Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention published an article in which several researchers from Harvard Medical School conducted a systematic review of the scientific studies evaluating tai chi exercise as an intervention for patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or with cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF). The review revealed that tai chi exercise may be a beneficial adjunctive therapy for some patients with CVD and CVRF, while they also suggested that further research is needed.

Then in February 2010, Journal of advanced nursing published a research done by Chungnam National University of South Korea. Its results showed that, compared to those who didn't do Tai Chi, the subjects who practiced Tai Chi in the study had statistically significant reductions in modifiable cardiovascular risk factors and improvements in health behaviors, mental scores, and in the role-emotional and vitality dimensions of quality of life.

The researchers from this study concluded that Tai Chi was safely implemented as an alternative form of exercise in a cardiovascular risk management program.




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