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Qigong May Improve Heart Rate
June 15, 2014 -
Population aging is occurring worldwide, and preventing cardiovascular event in older people is a unique challenge. A study by the National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences examined the effects of a 12-week Qigong (eight-form moving meditation) training program on the heart rate variability and peripheral vasomotor response of middle-aged and elderly people in the community. This was a quasi-experimental study that included the pre-test, post-test, and nonequivalent control group designs.

Seventy-seven participants (47 in the experimental group and 30 in the control group) were recruited. The experimental group performed 30 min of eight-form moving meditation 3 times per week for 12 weeks, and the control group continued their normal daily activities.

After 12 weeks, the interaction effects indicated that compared with the control group, the experimental group exhibited significantly improved heart rate variability and peripheral vasomotor responses.

This study is published in the Western journal of nursing research in May 2014.




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