Acute Effects of T'ai Chi Chuan Exercise on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate in Peripheral Artery Disease Patients

Filipe Fernandes Oliveira Dantas, Fábio da Silva Santana, Thiago Souza Rosas da Silva, Gabriel Grizzo Cucato, Breno Quintella Farah, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the acute effect of a t'ai chi chuan session on blood pressure and heart rate in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD).

DESIGN: Randomized crossover intervention study.

SETTING: Outpatient therapy center.

PARTICIPANTS: Seven patients with PAD, aged 50-79 years, not using β-blockers, calcium-channel blockers, or nondihidropiridinic vasodilators.

INTERVENTION: T'ai chi chuan and control session (both sessions lasted 40 minutes).

OUTCOME MEASURES: Systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate, which were evaluated before and after the intervention (10, 30, and 50 minutes).

RESULTS: T'ai chi chuan exercise acutely decreased systolic blood pressure at 30 minutes after exercise (p = 0.042) and increased diastolic blood pressure at 50 minutes after exercise (p = 0.041). Heart rate did not change after t'ai chi chuan exercise.

CONCLUSION: T'ai chi chuan acutely decreases systolic blood pressure in patients with PAD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-379
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Volume22
Issue number5
Early online date8 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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