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Can meditation curb heart attacks?
by Roni Caryn Rabin
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20 November 2009
On 20 November 2009 The New York Times reported:
Findings from two new scientific research studies indicate that the Transcendental Meditation Programme may reduce risk of stroke and heart attack, lower blood pressure, and improve mood. Julia Banks, a study participant in her seventies, describes the benefits she experiences from her practice of Transcendental Meditation.
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Mrs Banks refers to her twice daily meditation as 'a little time for myself', The New York Times reported.
'You never think you've got that time to spare, but you take that time for yourself and you get the relaxation you need,' The New York Times quoted her as saying. '. . . You find yourself being more graceful in your own life,' she added.
Previously over a healthy weight, Mrs Banks 'survived a major heart attack and a lengthy hospitalization after coronary artery bypass surgery six years ago,' The New York Times reported. Now 'her blood pressure [is] under control, though she still takes medication for it, and [she] has lost about 75 pounds.'
Mrs Banks was one of approximately 200 participants in a study at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, which was presented at a conference of the American Heart Association last week in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Researchers followed the participants for about five years, on average, and found that 'the high-risk patients who meditated cut their risk of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from all causes roughly in half compared with a group of similar patients who were given more conventional education about healthy diet and lifestyle,' The New York Times stated.
Another new study reported in the article showed the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for college students. College students who were under stress 'improved their mood through TM, and those at risk for hypertension were able to reduce their blood pressure', The New York Times reported. The study was published in The American Journal of Hypertension.
Also quoted in the article was Robert Schneider, MD, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management, who was involved in both studies and discussed stress reduction and other physiological mechanisms promoted by Transcendental Meditation that likely contributed to the beneficial outcomes.
The article reported that 'participants found transcendental meditation easy to learn and practice, Dr. Schneider said.'
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