The impact of Tai Chi exercise on coronary heart disease: A systematic review
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2011
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Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 23, Issue 7, pages 376–381, July 2011
How to Cite
Dalusung-Angosta, A. (2011), The impact of Tai Chi exercise on coronary heart disease: A systematic review. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 23: 376–381. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2011.00597.x
- Issue published online: 23 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 31 MAR 2011
- Received: May 2009;, accepted: November 2009
- Tai Chi;
- coronary heart disease;
Purpose: (a) To explore current studies on Tai Chi and its impact on coronary heart disease (CHD), (b) provide critique of existing studies, and (c) provide recommendations for clinical practice and future research.
Data sources: Comprehensive review of literature.
Conclusions: Tai Chi is a safe alternative exercise for patients who are at risk of CHD or with existing CHD. Implementing Tai Chi exercise may improve serum lipids, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Implications for practice: Nurse practitioners (NPs) are in an ideal position to facilitate health promotion and disease prevention. NPs may prescribe Tai Chi as an alternative exercise therapy for their patients who are at risk for developing CHD and even for those with existing CHD. Tai Chi exercise may help prevent and even reverse the progression of cardiac disease.