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Cardiovascular responses to head-down-body-up postural exercise (Sarvangasana).
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PMID:  11214493     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sarvangasana (SVGN) is a head-down-body-up postural exercise in a 'negative g' condition. Though highly recommended as one of the three best of all the asanas it has not yet been studied for its very obvious effects on the cardiovascular (CV) functions. This paper reports the results of the first systematic investigation on SVGN employing echocardiographic analysis in eight healthy male subjects before and after a practice of this asana twice daily for two weeks. The resting heart rate (HR) and left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) were significantly reduced (P < 0.02, P < 0.01 respectively) after practising this asana. A tendency toward a mild regression of the left ventricular mass was noticed, though it was not statistically significant. The CV responses to acute 45 degrees head-down tilt (HDT) in a tilt table was not altered after practising this asana. Also there was no orthostatic intolerance during the 3-5 min period of 70 degrees head-up tilt (HUT). These results strongly indicate that further studies of this asana performed for a longer period is most likely to yield very significant observations of applied value.
D Konar; R Latha; J S Bhuvaneswaran
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of physiology and pharmacology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0019-5499     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J. Physiol. Pharmacol.     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-14     Completed Date:  2001-04-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374707     Medline TA:  Indian J Physiol Pharmacol     Country:  India    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  392-400     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiology, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Peelamedu, Coimbatore-641 004.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / physiology
Head-Down Tilt / physiology*
Heart Rate / physiology
Hemodynamics / physiology*
Supine Position / physiology
Ventricular Function, Left / physiology

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