Yoga may help prevent an ongoing cardiovascular epidemic, experts say


Yoga can help prevent cardiovascular diseases which have dramatically increased due to poor lifestyle choices, lack of exercise, poor diet and increased stress, and could turn into an epidemic in India in the next decade, according to leading experts.

India will overtake all Western nations to become the country with the highest number of heart diseases in the next decade, the American Academy of Yoga and Meditation (AAYM) has warned.

AAYM is a non-profit organization of physicians, scientists, and other scholars who hold regular teaching courses for physicians to understand and use yoga in clinical practice.

With an epidemic of diabetes mellitus and hypertension, India is set to become the cardiovascular disease capital of the world, says the American academy which, together with its public platform called Ganges Mississippi dialogue, is organizing an online symposium to highlight how yoga can be used to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

These diseases, including heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation, to name a few, can be prevented or alleviated through yoga, according to a press release.

This program, held on World Heart Day on September 29, will be broadcast in the United States and around the world to raise awareness on October 3, he said.

“The sudden global explosion in cardiovascular disease is due to poor lifestyle choices, lack of exercise, poor diet and dramatically increased stress in life today,” says Dr HR Nagendra , founding Vice-Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), the oldest and largest yoga university and medical center in the world, and a pioneer in the use of yoga for medical problems.

“Stress is the number one killer and yoga by balancing the autonomic nervous system negates stress and its bad effects,” said yoga advisor to many well-known personalities including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Dr. Indranill Basu Ray, cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist at Memphis VA Medical Center and professor of public health at the University of Memphis School of Public Health, Memphis, said numerous research papers and meta-analyses have shown the positive effect of yoga on reducing cardiovascular risk.

Thus, regular yoga practice can help alleviate heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and dangerous arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation,” he said. “Advanced molecular biology and imaging techniques have clearly shown that yoga can decrease the expression of genes that are active. during stress resulting in inflammation of all blood vessels resulting in heart attack, stroke, heart failure,” Basu said.

Dr Dilip Sarkar, former president of the influential international yoga organization IAYT, said: “Stress is at the root of diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, while medication can help improve, but healing or prevention can only be affected by a drastic lifestyle change that includes yoga and meditation.”

Dr. Nirmal Gupta, chief of cardiovascular surgery at a leading medical institution near New Delhi, says “the only way to stem this epidemic of death and suffering is to regularly adopt yoga and meditation, as well as a low-fat diet and a stress-free lifestyle which is also known as a yogic lifestyle.”

According to Dr. Basu Ray, there are indications that yoga can protect against both COVID-19 and the development of serious morbid disease once contacted.

Although direct evidence is lacking and studies are ongoing to prove or disprove it. “Research has shown that between four and twelve weeks of yoga, even in a novice, improves innate immunity which could block viral entry and additionally can also block the release of dangerous cytokines which are actually the cause of the deaths in severe cases of COVID 19,” he said.

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