A recent study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California indicated that practicing transcendental meditation can reduce cardiac risk factors in patients suffering from coronary heart disease. In particular, the study’s findings found reduced blood pressure levels and less insulin resistance among those who participated in a 16-week transcendental meditation program. They also evidenced improved function of the autonomic nerve system, researchers reported. They associated these results with the negative effects that chronic stress can have on the cardiovascular system over time resulting from high levels of cortisol and other hormones introduced into the cardiac region. The findings are promising for the development of more non-pharmacological approaches to improving cardiovascular health.