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Tai Chi Shown To Improve Quality Of Life In People With Chronic Heart Failure

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Over the past 30 years, doctors have been recommending that patients with chronic systolic heart failure limit their physical activity. However, new research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School suggests that low-impact tai chi may have significant positive effects for these individuals.

In a 12-week controlled study, it was discovered that patients with the chronic cardiovascular condition who engaged in tai chi reported better quality of life and improved confidence in their physical abilities when compared to participants who underwent educational sessions.

“In conclusion, tai chi exercise, a multi-component mind-body training modality that is safe and has good rates of adherence, may provide value in improving daily exercise, quality of life, self-efficacy and mood in frail, deconditioned patients with systolic heart failure,” said study authors.

The researchers also noted that traditional measures of exercise capacity may undermine the mental benefits of alternative therapies like tai chi.

Previous studies suggested that there are significant benefits to meditative practices in patients with the chronic condition, but authors said that further clinical trials may be needed in order to draw hard and fast conclusions.

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