Yoga as a Primary Prevention for Cardiovascular Disease

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Can yoga serve as a primary intervention to impact the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD)? 

According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 25% of all U.S. deaths are due to heart disease. Worldwide, the percentage of heart disease deaths is 30%, killing approximately 17 million people per year.

Decreasing the risk factors leading to CVD has the potential to prevent CVD, reduce the number of deaths, and lower surmounting healthcare costs. In 2013 the CDC released a report stating that 80% percent of heart disease is preventable. We can impact 500,000 lives in the U.S. alone by addressing the risk factors and lifestyle choices that contribute to this disease.  

The risk factors contributing to CVD include high blood pressure, lipid levels, smoking, poor diet, and physical inactivity. As a primary intervention, managing these factors can reduce occurrence of the disease before it starts. 

TITLE: Yoga for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease


PUBLICATION: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

DATE: 2014

AUTHORS : Hartley, L, Dyakova, M., Holmes, J., Clarke, A., Soo Lee, M.,  

Ernst, E., Rees, K.

Cardiovascular disease: Conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease. The most common type of heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease, which affects the blood flow to the heart.

Primary prevention: Health interventions that are implemented before there is presence of a disease

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About the Author:

Catherine brings to her role as a personal trainer a wealth of education and years of athletic experience with training in track and cross country running, gymnastics and rowing, boxing and yoga. She received a B.A. in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She also holds certifications in ACE, FMS I and II, PRI (Myokinematics, Respiration), Neuromuscular therapy, FRCms, and FR. As an athlete she sustained several injuries, which led her on the path to study and understand the body and the mechanisms of healing. "I was fascinated with everything I learned. Throughout college, I worked with USF athletes as an athletic trainer in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Soon I was able to transfer all of this knowledge into helping everyday people with their aches and pains." Her thirst for knowledge is never quenched and she continues to evolve her practice to stay up to date on the latest research and methods to help her clients with present injuries, pain, and best ways to acquire strength to maintain a healthy body. "I believe assessment is still key in starting with clients but stability, global strength and everyday movement are key to people's longevity, and quality of life. If people can slowly and systematically expose their bodies to different loads to gain strength and mobility they will better succeed to get the most out of their bodies." Learn more about Catherine Cowey.

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