Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tai Chi Boosts Quality of Life in Heart Failure

By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Heart failure patients may experience improvements in their quality of life and mood by participating in a tai chi exercise program, a randomized study suggested.

The small study of patients with chronic systolic heart failure found that disease-specific quality of life -- measured on the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire -- showed benefits among those who took tai chi, with scores falling from a median of 28 at baseline to 9 at 12 weeks, according to Gloria Y. Yeh, MD, of Harvard in Boston, and colleagues.

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