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Regular Transcendental Meditation practice increases survival rate: New study
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27 November 2012
A news release published mid-November by the American Heart Association reported that Transcendental Meditation may reduce risk of heart attack, stroke, and death by nearly half.
The release stated, 'African Americans with heart disease who practiced Transcendental Meditation regularly were 48 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die from all causes compared with African Americans who attended a health education class over more than five years.'
The study was published in November in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
The release went on to say, 'Those practicing meditation also lowered their blood pressure and reported less stress and anger. And the more regularly patients meditated, the greater their survival, said researchers who conducted the study at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.'
Robert Schneider, M.D., FACC, lead researcher and director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, was quoted.
'It appears that Transcendental Meditation is a technique that turns on the body's own pharmacy—to repair and maintain itself,' he said.
The announcement gave more specific details about the study's subjects.
Forty-two per cent of the participants were women, with an average age of 59, and with half reporting earning less than $10,000 per year. The average body mass index was about 32, which is clinically obese.
The medical treatment for both the meditating and non-meditating groups was similar. 'Nearly 60 percent in both treatment groups took cholesterol-lowering drugs; 41 percent of the meditation group and 31 percent of the health education group took aspirin; and 38 percent of the meditation group and 43 percent of the health education group smoked.'
In addition, there were no significant differences between the groups in weight, exercise, or diet.
Dr Schneider concluded, 'The research on Transcendental Meditation and cardiovascular disease is established well enough that physicians may safely and routinely prescribe stress reduction for their patients with this easy to implement, standardized and practical programme.'
See previous articles in this series:
∙ NIH-sponsored study finds Transcendental Meditation dramatically reduces death in heart disease patients
∙ Substantial support for research on Transcendental Meditation and heart disease: Maharishi University of Management
∙ What is heart disease and how can we reverse it? Lead author of new meditation study explains
∙ Rigorous methods characterize new study on Transcendental Meditation and heart disease
∙ Meditation reduces heart attack by almost 50%, study published in American Heart Association journal finds
∙ Meditation can lower risk of heart attack and stroke - TIME magazine reports
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