Transcendental Meditation Vs. Heart Attacks, Strokes

01Jul11

The results of a nine-year study led by Dr. Robert Schneider into the efficacy of using transcendental meditation to treat patients with heart disease has been presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association.

The patients who participated in the study – 201 African-American males and females with an average age of 59 who were all suffering from narrowing of the arteries – were randomly assigned to either practise transcendental meditation or to attend health classes teaching about the risk factors for heart disease, including [poor] diet and [lack of] exercise; all the patients participating in the study continued their use of pharmaceuticals; the study revealed that the patients who were assigned to practise transcendental meditation had a 47% lower rate of heart attacks and strokes compared to the patients who were assigned to attend the health classes, as well as lower blood pressure.

Source: Meditation good for the heart – Cuts risk of heart attack by 50% [Yahoo! Lifestyle, 28th June 2011]

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