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Reduce cardiac risk factors in Patients

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-45A 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.

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Reduces Likelihood of Cardiac Events

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-46A study conducted at the Maharishi University’s Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention found that practicing transcendental meditation (TM) can lower African Americans’ risks of various cardiac events. This specific population is known to have high incidence levels of Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) in particular, which are often caused by cardiac risk factors like hypertension, mental health, and insulin resistance, researchers noted. The study examined the effects of TM versus health education on a high-risk group of African American participants, and entailed 5 years of clinical follow-up. The findings were conclusive, revealing a 43% reduction in risk for cardiac events including stroke, CVD, and myocardial infarction among those who participated in the meditation program.

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Enhances Well-being in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-47Researchers from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts found that Tai Chi meditation has the potential to improve the well-being of patients with chronic heart failure. Participants in the study suffering from chronic heart conditions were trained in Tai Chi exercise, which improved their mind-body connection and also resulted in a boost in mood and overall quality of life. This type of low impact exercise that also draws on meditative techniques was found to condition participants’ confidence in their ability to participate in regular physical activity, decreasing stress levels and depressed mood.

 

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Decreases Risk of Heart Disease

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-48In a study conducted at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in collaboration with the Maharishi University’s Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, researchers discovered that regularly practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) drastically reduced rates of heart disease and associated symptoms. The study trained participants in TM as a stress-reduction method in combination with patients’ normal heart care regimen. The findings indicated a 47% decrease in incidence of stroke, heart attack, and death in those who participated in the TM program. Researchers associated this drastic reduction with the meditation technique’s stress-reducing qualities, which has a positive correlation with the reduction of many types of cardiovascular events.

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Fights Congestive Heart Failure

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-49Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that meditation has the potential to lessen the symptoms of congestive heart failure. The results of this new study indicate that practicing transcendental meditation (TM) can help patients fight congestive heart failure to the point of leading higher-functioning, more rewarding lives. Participants were patients who had recently been released from the hospital with a class II or III congestive heart failure diagnosis. After participating in 3-6 months of TM practice, individuals demonstrated noticeable improvement in quality of life, mood, and recovery with fewer re-hospitalizations than non-meditating patients.

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Lowers Teens’ Risk for Heart Disease

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-50A 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.

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Meditation may reduce heart disease risk

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-51Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia completed a study that suggests that young adults who practice meditation could lower their risk of developing heart disease in the future. Participants in the study who practiced eight months of transcendental meditation demonstrated an increased ability for blood vessel dilation, indicating improved cardiovascular health. This effect is similar to that generated by lipid lowering drugs, suggesting a groundbreaking non-medication based treatment for high blood pressure in teens. Researchers cautioned high-risk young adults that health prevention activities like meditation, exercise, and healthy eating are a must in order to ensure their future cardiovascular well-being.

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