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Transcendental Meditation study cited in news report on heart disease research
by M Prohasky
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15 October 2011
On 15 October 2011 ThirdAge.com reported:
While reporting on important new research on gender disparities in the physiology of cardiovascular disease, a news article also features a study that found nearly 50% reduction in heart-attack related deaths in people with heart disease who practised Transcendental Meditation.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of health.
The article in ThirdAge.com—'Heart disease manifests itself differently in men and women'—reports on research discussed at a recent conference, 'Physiology of Cardiovascular Disease: Gender Disparities,' at the University of Mississippi, USA.
The article summarizes some of these differences, for example that 'the trajectory of female heart disease is more gradual, but at the same time heart attacks among women tend to be more lethal'.
While reporting on that research, the ThirdAge.com article* also includes a photo of a woman meditating, with the caption, 'Meditation, specifically transcendental meditation (TM), has reportedly been shown to reduce heart attack-related deaths by up to 50 percent.'
The reference is to a study that found that patients with coronary heart disease who practiced the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation® technique had nearly 50 percent lower rates of heart attack, stroke, and death compared to nonmeditating controls. The nine-year, randomized control trial followed 201 African American men and women, average age 59 years, with narrowing of arteries in their hearts.
The study, presented in November 2009 at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, found:
∙ A 47 percent reduction in the combination of death, heart attacks, and strokes in the participants
∙ Clinically significant (5 mm Hg average) reduction in blood pressure associated with decrease in clinical events
∙ Significant reductions in psychological stress in the high-stress subgroup
Click here for more information about the Transcendental Meditation study.
* The article is featured in the 'Latest News' section of ThirdAge.com, a website featuring news about women's health and wellness.
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