Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps
Thursday, 12 April 2012 00:00
Meditation, Not Medication: Easiest Way to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack
Heart disease is currently the leading killer of men and women in the USA. While many are turning to medication or struggling to change their diet, a new study suggests the easiest way to reduce your risk of a heart attack is through regular meditation. Research shows that meditating for twenty minutes, twice a day can decrease your chance of a heart attack by approximately 50%!
From Planet Green:
The randomized controlled study followed 201 men and women at an average age of 59 with narrowing arteries. Half went to a control group and half studied TM as a part of their treatment. Both groups received regular medical care. After five years the following results were found:
- 47% reduction in heart attacks, strokes and death, compared with those who did not.
- Reduced their blood pressure by an average of 5 points.
- Had significant reductions in psychological stress as measured by standard psychological tests.
Findings were presented at an annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando last November. Although TM was the only meditation used in the study, other forms of meditation have also been proven beneficial. It should also be noted that the study was led by a professor at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa which is named for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi the inventor of TM.
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