A study conducted by researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University indicated that meditating regularly can lower the likelihood of cardiovascular disease in high-risk teens. Participants who meditated twice daily for a four-month period presented a significant decrease in heart disease risk factors, as indicated by echocardiograms performed before and after the study. Furthermore, participants’ behavior in school also improved as a result. Researchers related these benefits to the ability of meditation to decrease activity in teens’ sympathetic nervous system, causing a reduction in stress hormones and blood pressure. The study’s results are promising for the development of prevention programs among high-risk young adults.