Tai Chi may be an effective exercise option for individuals who have suffered a heart attack

In March 2020 researchers from China and the USA published their review of the medical scientific literature to assess the effectiveness of tai chi in individuals who had suffered a heart attack. A total of seven studies, involving 615 individuals who had all suffered a heart attack, met the search criteria and were included in the review. Of the 615 individuals, 294 individuals had received tai chi whilst 261 individuals had been part of a control group. Results showed that compared to no exercise or other types of low-intensity physical activities, tai chi improved the the outcomes of the 6-minute walk and left ventricular ejection fraction. In addition, tai chi had a positive effect on an individual’s quality of life.

Wu B et al. Intervention Treatment for Myocardial Infarction With Tai Chi: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Mar 28. Epub ahead of print.

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