Tai chi: An ancient art that helps the heart

Tai chi: An ancient art that helps the heart?

The easy exercises and deep breathing of this Chinese martial art could offer excellent self-defense for the damaged or failing heart.

Tai chi, a gentle exercise that combines simple, flowing movements with deep breathing, has piqued the interest of medical researchers. Several studies suggest that this ancient Chinese practice offers a safe, helpful form of exercise for the elderly and people with chronic health problems. We're learning that it could be just the thing for people with heart failure.

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