The ANS exerts its effects by the use of chemical molecules, also called neurotransmitting hormones, releasing these hormones directly in the blood stream.
The effects of the ANS are critical as they provide for defensive mechanisms in all living species such as the fight or flight response that is mediated by activation of the sympathetic nervous system.
Practice of the different arms of yoga: , alone or in combination, have been shown to boost immunity and decrease stress, reduce obesity and hence have benefitted patients with CVD .
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, FACC, FHRS Professor of Medicine Director, Electrophysiology Research KU Cardiovascular Research Institute 3901 Rainbow Boulevard MS 4023 Kansas City, KS 66160-7200, USA Tel: 913-588-9600 Fax: 913-588-9770 E-mail: [email protected] Received Date: September 25, 2013; Accepted Date: December 09, 2013; Published Date: December 12, 2013 Citation: Boolan H, Namratha Reddy BS, Donita Atkins RN, Lakkireddy D (2013) Healing the Heart: Can Yoga be the Missing Piece that Completes the Puzzle in Modern Medicine? doi:10.4172/2157-7595.1000148 Copyright: © 2013 Boolan H, et al.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.The autonomic nervous system (ANS or visceral nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system that acts as a regulatory enterprise functioning largely below the level of consciousness, and controls visceral functions.The ANS affects heart rate, blood pressure (amongst other heart related parameters), digestion, respiration rate, salivation, perspiration, adjustment of vision, micturition (urination), and sexual arousal.Visit for more related articles at Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy Weight loss; Hypertension; Coronary artery disease Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) remainone of the leading causes of mortality across the world .
Recent data suggest that unfavorable lifestyle trends promoting weight gain are leading to an increase in CVD risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia obesity, mental stressand metabolic syndrome .The fight or flight response is an old ancestral human response to survival.The bodyhandles this response in part by the release of stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) and is responsible for a series of changes in the body i.e.It has been shown that regular practice of yoga can have a significant positive effect on general as well as cardiovascular health of individuals.Numerous studies have established the health benefit of yoga, primarily on hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and obesity which are the leading risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases [2-6].Arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation are also associated with increased levels of these inflammatory markers and low heart rate variability.