A new study has found that people who practice yoga regularly have a reduced risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) vs. those who don’t.

This study was conducted at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, and the findings include the lower risk of AF as well as note that patients involved in the study also reported feeling less anxiety and depression symptoms.

“These findings are important because many of the current conventional treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation include invasive procedures or medications with undesirable side effects,” according to the study leader, Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy.

The results of the study were published in the American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The study was conducted with researchers collecting data from 49 people who had AF and no physical limitations. None of the patients had ever done yoga before. The scientists monitored the patients’ heart rhythms on a regular basis throughout a six-month period.

For the first three months, patients were monitored while they did activities of their own choosing. Then for the next three months, they were each placed in a supervised yoga program with a certified professional. All of the patients had three yoga sessions weekly. Dr. Lakkireddy and the rest of the researchers found that regular yoga lowered the patients’ AF episodes by half and their depression, anxiety symptoms and overall quality of life had improved.

Yoga sounds like a far better treatment option than drugs like Multaq for AF patients. Multaq has been linked to serious side effects including liver failure and abnormal heart rhythms. The drug is not recommended for permanent AF treatment as it causes death in some patients.

If you or a loved one have suffered from liver failure after taking Multaq for your AF, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Multaq lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your injuries.