Larger circadian amplitude of heart rate associated with active prayer in Hindu Indians in Asia

Ram B. Singh, Germaine G Cornelissen-Guillaume, Adarsh Kumar, Srilakshmi Bathina, Franz Halberg

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Abstract

To determine whether praying had any influence on bloood pressure (13P) and/or heart rate (HR) variability, these variables were measured around-the-clock for up to 7 days and interpreted in the light of a detailed questionnaire about lifestyle, nutrition and other habits. The circadian amplitude of HR was found to be larger among Hindus who prayed as compared to Hindus who did not pray (P<0.05). Longitudinal studies are needed to determine whether active prayer may offer cardiovascular protection, as a decreased HRV has been associated with an elevated risk of coronary artery disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-222
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Heart Journal
Volume1
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

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