Tai Chi - A Low-cost, Low-intensity Option for Managing Cardiovascular Risk
May 25, 2010 - Cardiovascular disease is clearly an important public health
problem, with 1 in 3 American adults affected. Mortality due to underlying
cardiovascular disease accounts for more than one-third of all deaths.
The evidence from long-term prospective studies consistently
suggests that the majority of cardiovascular disease is preventable with healthy
lifestyles and modification of known risk factors. Physical activity and
exercise continue to be recognized for both primary and secondary prevention of
Tufts University Medical School, there is evidence that exercise improves many aspects of cardiovascular health including reduced incidence of
coronary heart disease, stroke, and hypertension, but the majority of this
research has focused on the impact of vigorous or moderate exercise.
the Journal of cardiopulmonary
rehabilitation and prevention
published an article in which
several researchers from Harvard Medical School conducted a systematic review of the scientific studies evaluating tai chi exercise as an
intervention for patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or with
cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF). The review revealed that tai chi exercise
may be a beneficial adjunctive therapy for some patients with CVD and CVRF,
while they also suggested that further research is needed.
Then in February 2010, Journal of advanced
nursing published a research done by Chungnam National University of South
Korea. Its results showed that, compared to those who didn't do Tai Chi, the
subjects who practiced Tai Chi in the study had statistically significant
reductions in modifiable cardiovascular risk factors and improvements in health
behaviors, mental scores, and in the role-emotional and vitality dimensions of
quality of life.
The researchers from this study concluded that
Tai Chi was safely implemented as an alternative form of exercise in a cardiovascular risk