Findings from H. Cramer and Co-Authors Reveals New Information on Heart Disease (A systematic review of yoga for heart disease)

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Date: Mar. 22, 2015
Publisher: NewsRX LLC
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By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Heart Disease Weekly -- A new study on Heart Disorders and Diseases is now available. According to news originating from Berlin, Germany, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "This systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) aimed to evaluate the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendation for yoga as an ancillary intervention for heart disease. Medline/PubMed, Scopus, the Cochrane Library, and IndMED were searched up to October 2013."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "Main outcome measures were mortality, nonfatal cardiac events, exercise capacity, health-related quality of life, and modifiable cardiac risk factors. Risk of bias, quality of evidence, and the strength of the recommendation for or against yoga were assessed according to the Cochrane Collaboration and GRADE recommendations. Seven RCTs with 624 patients comparing yoga to usual care were included. For coronary heart disease (four RCTs), there was very low evidence for no effect on mortality, for a reduced number of angina episodes, and for increased exercise capacity, and low evidence for reduced modifiable cardiac risk factors. For heart failure (two RCTs), there was very low evidence for no effect on mortality, and low evidence for increased exercise capacity, and for no effect on health-related quality of life. For cardiac dysrhythmias treated with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (one RCT), there was very low evidence for no effect on mortality, and for improved quality, and low evidence for effects on nonfatal device-treated ventricular events. Three RCTs reported safety data and reported that no adverse events occurred."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Based on the results of this review, weak recommendations can be made for the ancillary use of yoga for patients with coronary heart disease, heart failure, and cardiac dysrhythmia at this point."

For more information on this research see: A systematic review of yoga for heart disease. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 2015;22(3):284-295. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology can be contacted at: Sage Publications Ltd, 1 Olivers Yard, 55 City Road, London EC1Y 1SP, England. (Sage Publications -; European Journal of Preventive Cardiology -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from H. Cramer, Immanuel Hosp Berlin, Dept. of Internal & Complementary Med, Berlin, Germany. Additional authors for this research include R. Lauche, H. Haller, G. Dobos and A. Michalsen (see also Heart Disorders and Diseases).

Keywords for this news article include: Berlin, Europe, Germany, Cardiology, Heart Disease, Risk and Prevention, Cardiovascular Diseases, Heart Disorders and Diseases

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