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US: New study shows repair of heart damage
by Jim Karpen
The Review, Vol. 20, #1 Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
10 September 2004
A new study presented at a conference this summer by faculty researcher John Salerno showed that people who have seriously enlarged hearts as a result of heart disease can reverse some of the damage by practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.
The research studied 102 African-American men and women with a heart condition known as elevated left ventricular mass. The subjects were randomly assigned to either the Transcendental Meditation technique group or a health education control group.
Over the seven-month treatment period, the health education group significantly worsened compared to the Transcendental Meditation technique group, which did not change. However, for the high subgroup (i.e. top 50%) with left ventricular hypertrophy, which is a more serious heart condition strongly associated with death from heart disease, both groups showed improvement. But the Transcendental Meditation technique group showed greater regression or reversal than the health education group.
Dr. Salerno explained to conference participants that these findings indicate that the Transcendental Meditation technique can be clinically useful in both the prevention and treatment of left ventricular hypertrophy, which is substantially higher in African Americans than the white population.
This research, presented at the International Conference for Hypertension in Blacks in Detroit in June, was done as a collaboration between the Maharishi University of Management research team led by Dr. Robert Schneider and Drew Medical University in Los Angeles and was supported by a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
Copyright 2004, Maharishi University of Management
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