Meditation may reduce death, heart attack and stroke in heart patients
Tue, 11/13/2012 - 3:41pm
- Twice-a-day Transcendental Meditation helped African Americans with heart disease reduce risk of death, heart attack and stroke.
- Meditation helped patients lower their blood pressure, stress and anger compared with patients who attended a health education class.
- Regular Transcendental Meditation may improve long-term heart health.
- Forty-two percent of the participants were women, average age 59, and half reported earning less than $10,000 per year.
- Average body mass index was about 32, which is clinically obese.
- 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.
- There were 52 primary end point events, which included death, heart attack or stroke. Of these, 20 events occurred in the meditation group and 32 in the health education group.
- Blood pressure was reduced by 5 mm Hg and anger decreased significantly among Transcendental Meditation participants compared to controls.
- Both groups showed beneficial changes in exercise and alcohol consumption, and the meditation group showed a trend towards reduced smoking. Although, there were no significant differences between the groups in weight, exercise or diet.
- Regular meditation was correlated with reduced death, heart attack and stroke.