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Tai Chi as the Primary Prevention of Stroke in Middle-aged and Elderly Adults

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March 20, 2015 -
Stroke is a major healthcare problem with serious long-term disability and is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Prevention of stroke is considered an important strategy. In its latest issue, the journal Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine reported a systematic review of using Tai Chi as the primary prevention of stroke in middle-aged and elderly adults.

Seven electronic databases were searched, and 36 eligible studies with a total of 2393 participants were identified. Primary outcome measures, Tai Chi exercise combined with other intervention had a significant effect on decreasing the incidence of nonfatal stroke. For the risk factors of stroke, pooled analysis demonstrated that Tai Chi exercise was associated with lower body weight, BMI, FBG level, and decreasing SBP, DBP, plasma TC, and LDL-C level regardless of the intervention period less than half a year or more than one year. It was also associated with significantly raised HDL-C level in comparison to nonintervention.

Compared with other treatments, Tai Chi intervention on the basis of the same other treatments in patients with chronic disease also showed the beneficial effect on lowering blood pressure.

In conclusion, this systematic review indicates that Tai Chi exercise is beneficially associated with the primary prevention of stroke in middle-aged and elderly adults by inversing the high risk factors of stroke.




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