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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 142-143
Slow breathing and cardiovascular disease


Department of Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI 53792, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ashish Chaddha
6665 Crabapple Court, Troy Mi 48098 To 600 Highland Avenue, Madison WI, 53792
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-6131.158484

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide. Much emphasis has been placed on the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. While depression and anxiety increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular disease also increases the risk of developing anxiety and depression. Thus, promoting optimal mental health may be important for both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Like lowering blood pressure, lipids, and body weight, lowering anger and hostility and improving depression and anxiety may also be an important intervention in preventive cardiology. As we strive to further improve cardiovascular outcomes, the next bridge to cross may be one of offering patients nonpharmacologic means for combating daily mental stress and promoting mental health, such as yoga and pranayama. Indeed, the best preventive cardiovascular medicine may be a blend of both Western and Eastern medicine.


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