Traditional Chinese Exercises for Cardiovascular Diseases: A Bibliometric Analysis

Author: Ruiting Zhu1, Yirou Niu1, Haiyan Xu1, Saikun Wang1, Jing Mao1, Yangyang Lei1, Xuance Xiong2, Wei Zhou3, Lirong Guo1
1 School of Nursing, Jilin University, Changchun, China.
2 Medical College, Beihua University, Jilin, China.
3 Department of Clinical Laboratory, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China.
Conference/Journal: Percept Mot Skills
Date published: 2024 Feb 13
Other: Pages: 315125241230599 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1177/00315125241230599. , Word Count: 245

Traditional Chinese exercises (TCEs) have great value in the prevention and effective treatment of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Our purpose in this study was to summarize present research trends and future directions regarding the link between TCEs and CVD by bibliometrics analysis. We searched the Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC) for all original articles and reviews on TCEs for CVD published in English before August 7, 2022 using CiteSpace 5.8.R3 and Microsoft Excel 2019 software, and we displayed the results in the form of network maps, line graphs, and tables. We initially obtained 725 articles. Our results showed that the United States was the most influential country in this line of research, with Harvard University the most prolific institution in the field, and, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine was the most productive journal for these articles. The highest-frequency keywords in this research area were Tai Chi, exercise, blood pressure, quality of life, and older adult. Additionally, important research topics included heart rate variability, quality of life, meta-analysis, Baduanjin exercise, and breathing exercise. In addition, our results revealed that among all the TCEs, Tai Chi, Baduanjin, and Qigong emerged as the most extensively studied. However, it's important to note our exclusive focus on literature published in English may have led to our missing important results. Future investigators should broaden their search to include other databases and languages to present a still more comprehensive overview of this field.

Keywords: CiteSpace; Tai chi; bibliometric analysis; cardiovascular disease; traditional Chinese exercise.

PMID: 38349750 DOI: 10.1177/00315125241230599