Yoga: At least one session a week may help to lower blood pressure

A large real-world study adds to clinical trial evidence that people who do yoga tend to have lower blood pressure, which may prevent heart attacks and strokes


9 February 2022

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Regular yoga may lead to health benefits

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Practising yoga one or more times per week may help to lower blood pressure, according to a large observational study in the US.

About one-third of adults globally have high blood pressure, which increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Physical activity is known to lower blood pressure not only during heartbeats (systolic pressure) but also in between beats (diastolic pressure). However, many people have trouble sticking to exercise regimes.

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