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Study: Yoga Cuts Stroke Risk

If you haven’t already joined the yoga movement, here’s another reason to practice your sun salutations: A U.S. study released Saturday says yoga can halve the risk of irregular heartbeat, a common and potentially dangerous condition that can lead to stroke. The research also found that yoga lessened related symptoms of depression and anxiety. Many patients with irregular heartbeats end up taking expensive blood thinners to lower the risk of blood clots. According to the study’s leader, Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy of the University of Kansas, yoga should be considered a successful, relatively inexpensive treatment of the cardiovascular condition.

April 2, 2011 4:25 PM