Harvard Heart Letter

Tai chi: A gentle exercise that may help heal your heart

Tai chi, a flowing, meditative exercise from China, may improve a number of cardiovascular conditions, especially heart failure. The benefits are thought to arise from its combined focus on movement, breathing, and focused, relaxed attention. For people with heart failure, tai chi may help improve stamina, mood, and quality of life. Other possible benefits include improved oxygen uptake, lower blood pressure and, for stroke survivors, a lower risk of falling.
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