Hong Kong Med J 2001;7:315-8 | Number 3, September 2001
Intracerebral haemorrhage and Qigong
KP Leung, T Yan, LSW Li
Rehabilitation Unit, University Department of Medicine, Tung Wah Hospital, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
We report on a 65-year-old woman who presented with acute right-sided weakness because of an intracerebral (thalamic) haemorrhage. As a Qigong enthusiast with a long-standing history of hypertension, she developed a stroke syndrome soon after practising Qigong one morning. Following neurological recovery, the patient exhibited erratic blood pressure responses while practising Qigong, despite the fact that resting blood pressure was normal. The haemodynamic responses to exercise are discussed and a review of the therapeutic implications of practising Qigong is presented.
Key words: Blood pressure; Breathing exercises; Cerebral hemorrhage
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