Tai chi has vascular benefits in rheumatoid arthritis

Tai chi can improve endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness in elderly women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

. Korean investigators assigned 56 female RA patients to either a weekly tai chi exercise group, or a control group who received general information about the benefits of exercise. At the end of the three-month intervention period, flow-mediated dilatation (FMD, a measure of endothelial function) was found to have significantly increased in the tai chi group compared with the control group. In addition, brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV, a measure of arterial stiffness) and total serum cholesterol also decreased significantly in the tai chi group.

The beneficial effects of Tai Chi exercise on endothelial function and arterial stiffness in elderly women with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Dec 24;17(1):380.


 

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