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Transcendental Meditation reduces risk factors for recurrent stroke

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23 July 2011

Cardiologists César Molina, M.D., F.A.C.C.,* and Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R.,** discuss the effects of the Transcendental Meditation Technique in reducing risk factors for recurrent stroke.

Q: I recently suffered from a stroke. Will practicing the TM technique reduce my chances of having another stroke?

Dr. Molina:
Having a stroke is an important risk factor for having subsequent strokes. Practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique, along with the recommendations of your physician (such as anti-platelet medications, statins and anti-hypertensives), may reduce the chances of having another stroke.

Dr. Schneider: Research shows that practicing the Transcendental Meditation program reduces risk factors for recurrent stroke, such as high blood pressure. TM practice might aid stroke recovery due to its effects on enhancing brain integration and mental functioning. For example, Professor Lyubimov, a member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, found that the Transcendental Meditation technique enlivens brain reserve capacity, resulting in improved speed and efficiency of brain-body coordination.

Q: Besides lowering blood pressure, how does practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique reduce the risk of stroke?

Dr. Schneider:
The Transcendental Meditation technique reduces the risk of stroke by reducing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk factors. The risk factors for stroke are basically the same as the risk factors for coronary artery disease, including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

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Click here for more about Transcendental Meditation and stroke, including related research showing the effects of the technique in reducing cardiovascular disease factors, including: atherosclerosis/stroke; blood pressure in different age groups and at-risk populations; congestive heart failure; metabolic syndrome/pre-diabetes; and cholesterol and free radicals.

*César Molina, M.D., F.A.C.C., is Medical Director of the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. He is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Molina has appeared in the international edition of CNN discussing the benefits of diet and exercise in the treatment and prevention of coronary heart disease.

** Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R., has been awarded more than $20 million in grants from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his pioneering research on natural approaches to heart disease. Dr. Schneider is the author of Total Heart Health and 100 medical research articles, and he has been featured in more than 1,000 media reports, including CNN Headline News, The New York Times, and Time magazine.

© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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