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Cardiovascular Conditions heart disease, hypertension, stroke, etc.

Cardiovascular Health

Below is a list of citations of research articles published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals relevant to the topic on this page. There are two types of citations:

  1. Citations for review, summary, and scientific/clinical hypothesis papers that summarize and analyze the yoga research in this specific area; these are the best resource for becoming familiar with the literature;
  2. Citations of individual study publications that are notable from a historical, scientific, mechanistic, clinical, sociological, epidemiological, philosophical, and/or policy aspect.

Links for many of these citations will take you to the full-text of the publication. Otherwise, in the case of publications copyrighted by the journal, links will take you to abstracts of the publications, and you then can acquire the full text articles by purchasing them directly from the journal, by obtaining free access through a medical library that subscribes to the journal, or by directly requesting them from the corresponding author via email.

Review Papers

Review Papers

Effects of Mind-Body Movements on Balance Function in Stroke Survivors: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.
Zou L, Yeung A, Li C, Chiou SY, Zeng N, Tzeng HM, Wang L, Ren Z, Dean T, Thomas GA.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Jun 20;15(6).
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Yoga for Heart Failure: A Review and Future Research.
Pullen PR, Seffens WS, Thompson WR.
Int J Yoga. 2018 May-Aug;11(2):91-98.
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A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis of Mindful Exercises on Rehabilitative Outcomes Among Poststroke Patients.
Zou L, Sasaki JE, Zeng N, Wang C, Sun L.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 May 5. (preprint)
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Yoga for stroke rehabilitation.
Lawrence M, Celestino Junior FT, Matozinho HH, Govan L, Booth J, Beecher J.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Dec 8;12:CD011483.
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Mind-Body Interventions for Individuals With Heart Failure: A Systematic Review of Randomized Trials.
Gok Metin Z, Ejem D, Dionne-Odom JN, Turkman Y, Salvador C, Pamboukian S, Bakitas M.
J Card Fail. 2018 Mar;24(3):186-201.
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The hypotensive effect of Yoga's breathing exercises: A systematic review.
Brandani JZ, Mizuno J, Ciolac EG, Monteiro HL.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Aug;28:38-46.
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Blood Pressure Response to Meditation and Yoga: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Park SH, Han KS.
J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Sep;23(9):685-695.
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Determining the potential benefits of yoga in chronic stroke care: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Thayabaranathan T, Andrew NE, Immink MA, Hillier S, Stevens P, Stolwyk R, Kilkenny M, Cadilhac DA.
Top Stroke Rehabil. 2017 May;24(4):279-287.
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Yoga as an Alternative and Complimentary Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review.
Haider T, Sharma M, Branscum P.
J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2016 Jan 19. pii: 2156587215627390.
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The Efficacy and Safety of Yoga in Managing Hypertension.
Cramer H.
Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes. 2016 Feb;124(2):65-70.
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Yoga in the Management of Chronic Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Desveaux L, Lee A, Goldstein R, Brooks D.
Med Care. 2015 Jul;53(7):653-61.
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Yoga for hypertension: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials.
Posadzki P, Cramer H, Kuzdzal A, Lee MS, Ernst E.
Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):511-22.
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Yoga and hypertension: a systematic review.
Tyagi A, Cohen M.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2014 Mar-Apr;20(2):32-59.
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A systematic review of yoga for heart disease.
Cramer H, Lauche R, Haller H, Dobos G, Michalsen A.
Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2015 Mar;22(3):284-95.
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Yoga and meditation in cardiovascular disease.
Manchanda SC, Madan K.
Clin Res Cardiol. 2014 Sep;103(9):675-80.
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Yoga for essential hypertension: a systematic review.
Wang J, Xiong X, Liu W.
PLoS One. 2013 Oct 4;8(10):e76357.
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Effectiveness of yoga for hypertension: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Hagins M, States R, Selfe T, Innes K.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:649836.
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Yoga and mindfulness as therapeutic interventions for stroke rehabilitation: a systematic review.
Lazaridou A, Philbrook P, Tzika AA.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:357108
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Notable Publications

Notable Publications

Development of a Yoga-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation (Yoga-CaRe) Programme for Secondary Prevention of Myocardial Infarction.
Chattopadhyay K, Chandrasekaran AM, Praveen PA, Manchanda SC, Madan K, Ajay VS, Singh K, Tillin T, Hughes AD, Chaturvedi N, Ebrahim S, Pocock S, Reddy KS, Tandon N, Prabhakaran D, Kinra S.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2019 May 2;2019:7470184.
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Effects of yoga in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation - a randomized controlled study.
Wahlstrom M, Rydell Karlsson M, Medin J, Frykman V.
Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2017 Jan;16(1):57-63.
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