More than 60% of heart attack victims refuse cardiac rehabilitation. often because of financial concerns or difficulty getting to a rehab center. But some refuse because they regard physical exercise as unpleasant, painful or impossible after a heart attack. For those patients, tai chi’s slow, slow gentle movements may be an option.
Researchers found tai chi to be safe, with no adverse effects except minor muscle pain, and well-liked by participants. Patients who went through an extended tai chi program involving three classes per week for 12 weeks (plus maintenance classes for 12 more weeks) engaged in greater weekly physical activity after three to six months than patients who did not do tai chi or who did a shorter tai chi program of two classes per week for 12 weeks.
Source: Bottom Line Personal March 2018 Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine. Brown University Alpert School of Medicine, Providence, and leader of a study published in Journal of the American Heart Association.
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