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Slash your heart and stroke risk in half with meditation

by , 20 August 2013

Meditation helps clear your mind and relax your body to find a calm, serene, endless, inner peace. Basically, it trains your mind to take a break. Now it turns out that if you have coronary heart disease and practise meditation, you could lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and death by as much as 50%. Read on to discover why…

If the word meditation conjures up images of incense, finger cymbals and crystals, don’t be put off if those things aren’t your style. None of them are necessary to meditate properly. In fact, all you need is an open mind and, if you have coronary heart disease it could be extremely beneficial to you.

Researchers have discovered that meditating could reduce your risk of a heart attack, stroke and even death if you have coronary heart disease.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart, explains MedlinePlus. It’s caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries to your heart. This may also be called hardening of the arteries.

Revealed: The link between meditation and a reduced heart and stroke risk

According to Nutrition & Healing, US researchers from The Medical College of Wisconsin collaborated with a natural medicine school in Iowa to conduct the research. The 200 CHD participants (average age 59 years, with narrowing of arteries in their hearts), were divided into two groups. Half underwent Transcendental Meditation (TM) instruction and the other half didn’t.

Results: Over nine years, rates of heart attack, stroke and death were all significantly lower in the TM group.

Lead researcher Dr. Robert Schneider, suggested it would be wise to think of TM as a new class of heart disease remedy.

“In this case, the new treatments are derived from the body's own internal pharmacy stimulated by the Transcendental Meditation practise. But this is the first controlled clinical trial to show that long-term practise of this type of stress reduction routine reduces the rate of medical cardiovascular events, that is, heart attacks, strokes and mortality,” said Schneider

Dr Theodore Kotchen, co-researcher of the study, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical research at the Medical College, was quoted as saying: “This study is an example of the contribution of a lifestyle intervention and stress management to the prevention of cardiovascular disease in high-risk patients.”

It may be worth it to look online for centres that offer Transcendental Meditation. Your heart will thank you.

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