Dr. SC Manchanda: Meditation And Yoga: An Effective Prevention And Cure For The Heart
American Heart Association accepts that meditation can reduce blood pressure, the root of cardiac problems.
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Dr. SC Manchanda
Senior Consultant Cardiologist
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi
Yoga is more than a few postures or ‘asanas’. It is the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of a person, says Dr. SC Manchanda in an interview with Dr. Manish Verma. “Yoga promotes a holistic lifestyle which includes exercising, having a vegetarian low-fat diet, quitting tobacco and living stress-free.”Yoga definitely has a big role to play in both preventive and interventional cardiology as it addresses all the major causes of heart problems.“Studies also show that hypertension and diabetes can be treated by yoga, to the extent that in many patients, yoga has done away with need for insulin to control diabetes.”“48% reduction in the mortality of patients with STEMI and a reversal of advanced atherosclerosis is the result of studies done to show the effectiveness of yoga.“Yoga has three components - stretching exercises, breathing exercises and meditation. While not all heart patients can do physical exercises, anybody can do breathing and meditation,” says Dr. Manchanda to clarify concerns over inability of the elderly to practice yoga.The suggestion is, Yoga as a non-pharma cure, when added to the conventional pharmacological treatment for anything from hypertension to STEMI, can do wonders within a three month window.