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Abstract #4339

fMRI based evaluation of yoga-induced changes in ischemic post-stroke patients

Rama Jayasundar1, Dushyant Kumar1, Rajesh Mishra1, Priyanka Jain2, Jaideep Sachdeva3, Chahat Kumar1, Priyanka Bhagat4, and Padma Srivastava4
1Department of NMR, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 2Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, New Delhi, India, 3Manipal University, Jaipur, India, 4Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

This fMRI study has evaluated for the first time, the functional changes effected by yoga in post-stroke (ischemic) recovery. Left hemisphere stroke patients (n=13) with motor deficits practiced Hatha yoga for one hour daily for six months under the supervision of certified yoga trainers. Pre-intervention, and 3 and 6 months post-yoga intervention assessments were carried out using fMRI at 3T and also clinically evaluated using NIHSS score. Results show positive response to yoga, reflected both in the significantly reduced NIHSS scores and the increased BOLD activity in the left pre-central gyrus region in the stroke patients.

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