Journal article

Understanding the potential for yoga and tai chi interventions to moderate risk factors for stroke - a scoping review

Tharshanah Thayabaranathan, Maarten A Immink, Philip Stevens, Susan Hillier, Amanda G Thrift, Amy Brodtmann, Leeanne Carey, Monique F Kilkenny, Dominique A Cadilhac



Following an initial stroke, approximately two in five people will experience another stroke within 10 years. Recurrent strokes are often more severe and fatal. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) that use movement to focus attention, such as yoga and tai chi, may offer a lifestyle strategy in addition to standard rehabilitation options, for moderating risk factors for stroke. We conducted a scoping review to explore the potential for yoga or tai chi to moderate modifiable risk factors for stroke. 26 papers between 1985 and 2017 were identified using online and gray literature databases. Overall, yoga or tai chi may reduce hypertension (up to 16/9 mmHg), and to a lesser extent some lipid ..

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Awarded by NHMRC - Heart Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

T Thayabaranathan is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. The following authors receive Research Fellowship support from the NHMRC: AG Thrift (1042600), MF Kilkenny(1109426) and DA Cadilhac (1063761 co-funded by Heart Foundation). The authors have no other relevant affiliations or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript apart from those disclosed.