Objective: This study aims to identify whether Qi Gong rehabilitation therapy can significantly improve the cardiac function of patients with stable coronary artery disease compared with routine therapy. Thus, a randomized controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the curative effects of a three-month Qi Gong rehabilitation therapy on cardiac rehabilitation.
Methods. In this trial, a total of 68 patients with stable coronary artery disease were randomly divided into the Qi Gong group (34 patients) and the control (CON) group (34 patients). Patients in the CON group received routine cardiologic medication without any special intervention. Based on the treatment in the CON group, patients in the Qi Gong group were provided additionally with a 12-week traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cardiac rehabilitation Qi Gong exercise training program. The outcomes of these patients were assessed at baseline and after 12 weeks of intervention through the treadmill (anaerobic threshold (AT)) test.
Results: After 12 weeks of intervention, the AT, volume of oxygen (VO2), oxygen uptake/kilogram (VO2/kg), metabolic equivalents (METS), and oxygen pulse (VO2/HR) of patients in the QG group were significantly higher than those of patients in the CON group (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: Qi Gong therapy can achieve certain curative effects and safety for patients with stable coronary artery disease.