A study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found that regular practice of Transcendental Meditation substantially slashed the risk of heart attack among obese African Americans.
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The scientifically rigorous paper has been called by experts ‘the strongest proof yet’ that meditation brings significant health benefits.
In the randomized, controlled trial, 201 overweight African American heart patients were followed up for 5 years. The end results showed that patients doing regular Transcendental Meditation practice were 48 per cent less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or die than men and women with similar physical conditions.
To a great extent, this outcome is caused by the positive effect of Transcendental Meditation practice on blood pressure, stress levels, and overall well-being. Robert Schneider, the lead researcher of the study conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, explained, “It appears that Transcendental Meditation is a technique that turns on the body’s own pharmacy – to repair and maintain itself.”
Full academic reference:
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. “Stress reduction in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.”
2012; 5: 750-758
World press on this story:
“Strongest study yet shows meditation can lower risk of heart attack” — TIME Magazine
“Meditation could slash the risk of stroke (and make you less angry)” — The Daily Mail
“Meditation reduces death, stroke and heart attack” — Huffington Post