MEDITATION – May reduce death, heart attack and stroke in heart patients

american-heart-association2Research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes published in November, showed that patients with heart disease who practiced Transcendental Meditation regularly were 48% less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die from heart related problems

Other effects on the patients who practised meditation were lowered blood pressure, and less stress and anger. Robert Schneider, M.D., lead researcher and director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention in Fairfield, Iowa said “It appears that Transcendental Meditation is a technique that turns on the body’s own pharmacy — to repair and maintain itself.”

The patients who took part in the study practiced meditation for about twenty minutes twice a day. Scheider went on to say “Transcendental Meditation may reduce heart disease risks for both healthy people and those with diagnosed heart conditions.” and “The research on Transcendental Meditation and cardiovascular disease is established well enough that physicians may safely and routinely prescribe stress reduction for their patients with this easy to implement, standardized and practical program.”

More information on the American Heart Association’s website

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