Emily Yang

Effects of Tai Chi on stress and cardiovascular function in patients with coronary heart disease and/or hypertension: a randomised, international, multi-centre, controlled trial


Stress, anxiety and depression are important risk factors of cardiovascular disease, however they are often ignored by current treatments. Tai chi is an ancient mind-body exercise of Chinese medicine and involves multiple mind-body components for physical health and wellbeing. Emily hypothesised that a specially designed tai chi program, with multiple mind-body components, could help people with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease to live better and longer lives.

This trial will be conducted in Beijing and Sydney, aiming to assess the effect of a 24-week tai chi intervention in improving stress, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular function and quality of life in patients with coronary heart disease.

Emily graduated with a Master of Medicine from the Centre for Evidence Based Chinese Medicine at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 2014. Since 2006, she has been practicing and teaching tai chi under the supervision of Master Zhang Pei-Jun and Grandmaster Tian Qiu-Tian.

She would like to devote herself to help people understand the benefits of tai chi, the science behind it and how to master it as an enjoyable daily self-care method. In the future, Emily would like to lead or be involved in more high quality long-term tai chi research to help people to have a more enjoyable, safe and effective choice to live a longer, healthier and happier life.


Supervisors:

Professor Dennis Chang, Professor Jianping Liu, Professor Hosen Kiat, Professor Alan Bensoussan, Dr Nerida Klupp