Tai chi improves mood, quality of life for patients with systolic heart failure
Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital looked at 100 patients diagnosed with systolic heart failure. Half of them were placed in a 12-week tai chi exercise program, performing such moves as “washing the body with qi,” “grasp sparrow’s tail” and “wave hands like clouds.” The other half were placed in a 12-week educational program where they were taught about heart-failure-related issues, including low-sodium diets and heart-rhythm problems.
They found that those who took tai chi saw their depression-related mood score drop from 2 to 0 (which is a good thing), while those who had [not] taken the class actually saw their scores go up, from 3 to 4. The tai-chi practitioners saw their vigor rise slightly from 8.5 to 9, while those on the heart-failure lesson plan actually saw their measured vigor drop from 8 to -2. Ouch.
For a report with more details about the study and the results, see http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/tai-chi-benefits-heart-failure-patients/article/201431/