Research Suggests Nurse Practitioners May Prescribe Tai Chi for Coronary Heart Disease
June 28, 2011 -
UResearchers from University of Nevada and
University of Hawaii conducted a comprehensive review of literature to explore
current studies on Tai Chi and its impact on coronary heart disease (CHD) and to
provide recommendations for clinical practice and future research. Data sources:
Comprehensive review of literature.
Tai Chi is a safe alternative exercise for
patients who are at risk of CHD or with existing CHD. Implementing Tai Chi
exercise may improve serum lipids, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Implications for practice: Nurse practitioners
(NPs) are in an ideal position to facilitate health promotion and disease
prevention. NPs may prescribe Tai Chi as an alternative exercise therapy for
their patients who are at risk for developing CHD and even for those with
existing CHD. Tai Chi exercise may help prevent and even reverse the progression
of cardiac disease.
This study appears in the July 2011 issue of Journal
of American Academy of Nurse