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Research finds improvement in congestive heart failure with Transcendental Meditation
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13 September 2011
Cardiologist and researcher Robert Schneider,* M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R., discusses the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique in reducing risk factors for coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure.
See also Part I of this series, 'Major risk factors for atherosclerosis reduced through Transcendental Meditation'.
Q: Can heart disease be averted? For instance, is it possible to change the course of a serious condition such as congestive heart failure?
Dr. Schneider: Congestive heart failure, or simply heart failure, is the end result of many forms of heart disease, such as coronary heart disease or hypertensive heart disease. It kills 300,000 people a year in the United States and carries a 50% mortality rate over five years' time.
Congestive heart failure is very difficult to treat with medicinal drugs or even surgical intervention. However, research on the Transcendental Meditation technique, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, has demonstrated that individuals who are taking conventional treatments for heart failure, and who have added twenty minutes twice a day of Transcendental Meditation practice to their routine, showed significant improvements in measures of heart failure, as indicated by greater functional capacity in the six-minute walk test as compared to health education controls.
Click here for more about Transcendental Meditation and coronary risk factors, including related research showing reduced congestive heart failure, reversal of aging and increased longevity.
* Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R., has been awarded more than $20 million in grants from the 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.
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