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.