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Yoga reduces blood pressure in pre-hypertensive: Study

Yoga reduces blood pressure in pre-hypertensive: Study

New Delhi: In a major finding, it has come to the notice that yoga practitioners are less prone to blood pressure in pre-hypertensive conditions.

According to the latest study, it has been stated that yoga practitioners witnessed clinically meaningful reductions in 24-hour ambulatory systolic blood pressure (upper-level BP) and diastolic blood pressure (lower level BP).

The study, which was conducted by researchers from Department of Neurophysiology Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, has recently been

published in a Journal of Hypertension in its October 2018 edition.

The study was conducted on 60 patients to find out the effect of yoga lifestyle on ambulatory blood pressure in patients with high normal blood pressure (pre-hypertension).

According to Dr Nandini Agarwal, who authored the study, "The patients practising yoga showed a significant decrease from the

baseline in comparison to the conventional group, who underwent lifestyle modifications at 12-week."

Patients with pre-hypertension (120 – 139 / 80-89 mmHg) have an increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality compared with patients who have normal blood pressure (< 120 / 80 mmHg), said Sandeep Joshi, who co-authored the study.

According to yoga experts, the best yoga poses for high blood pressure are poses that put the spine in a horizontal position such as baddhakonasana, virasana and upavista konasana.

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