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Yoga on Arrhythmia Burden and Quality of Life in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, FACC, University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute Identifier:
First received: November 25, 2008
Last updated: June 13, 2012
Last verified: June 2012
Studies in the past have shown that yoga could relieve stress which is the most common trigger for recurrent episodes of atrial fibrillation. Breathing exercises in yoga are found to influence the autonomic nervous system (particularly parasympathetic) and thus reduce palpitations. This study hypothesizes that patients with atrial fibrillation might benefit by practicing yoga. Yoga may also help to better control heart rate and rhythm when used in combination with usual medical management.

Condition Intervention
Atrial Fibrillation
Other: Yoga training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: The Effect of Yoga on Arrhythmia Burden and Quality of Life in Patients With Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

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Further study details as provided by University of Kansas Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • frequency and duration of atrial fibrillation episodes [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Enrollment: 84
Study Start Date: November 2008
Study Completion Date: January 2012
Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Yoga training
Other: Yoga training
Yoga training for 12 weeks


Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation ages 25-80

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Advanced malignancy or severe co-morbid conditions such as severe heart failure and with life expectancy less than 1 year
  • Pregnant women
  • Unmedicated or uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • A past history of pneumothorax
  • Severe cervical spondylitis and cervical, thoracic or lumbar disc prolapse
  • Carotid stenosis
  • History of psychosis or substance abuse
  • History of epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • History of total hip replacement
  • Ablation within 3 months of the start date of study
  • Patients who have not seen a cardiovascular physician in the last year
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00798356

United States, Kansas
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas, United States, 66160
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, FACC
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, FACC, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute Identifier: NCT00798356     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11067
Study First Received: November 25, 2008
Last Updated: June 13, 2012

Keywords provided by University of Kansas Medical Center:
atrial fibrillation, yoga

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Atrial Fibrillation
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes processed this record on April 28, 2017