Meditation Reduces Heart Disease

“...impressive evidence that Transcendental Meditation® can reduce heart disease risk factors...” CNN Health

NBC News clip of clinical trial where Transcendental Meditation lowers high blood pressure.

CNN Health reports: “...over the past few years, impressive evidence that Transcendental Meditation can reduce heart disease risk factors has been published in mainstream medical journals...”

Transcendental Meditation Reduces:

  • Mortality Rate
    Research shows patients practicing Transcendental Meditation had a 25% decrease in cardiovascular mortality. See full study.

  • High Blood Pressure
    A new meta-analysis compared many studies on relaxation techniques and their ability to lower high blood pressure. It concluded that Transcendental Meditation showed clinically and statistically significant changes in blood pressure (-5.0/-2.8 mm Hg). See full study.
  • Congestive Heart Failure
    A recent study showed that patients practicing Transcendental Meditation showed a marked improvement on a six minute walk test when compared with a control group that received health education. See full study.
  • Insulin Resistance
    Research shows that Transcendental Meditation, when used for 16 weeks in congestive heart disease patients, improved blood pressure and insulin resistance. See full study. See full study.

Dr. Lourdes Garcia, Cardiologist

“TM® restores cellular physiology, awakens the main organizers of the body and ensures order and correct functioning of cells. The practical implication of this mechanism is to lower arterial pressure, reduce glucose and lipid levels, decrease cardiovascular risks and death from cardiovascular problems. TM is a cost-effective and cost-saving health intervention with positive economic impact for the individual, for society and for healthcare systems.”

American Heart Association

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the Transcendental Meditation technique is the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure (BP). Their recent scientific statement* reports, “Because of many negative studies or mixed results and a paucity of available trials, all other meditation techniques (including MBSR, or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) received a ‘Class III, no benefit, Level of Evidence C’ recommendation. Thus, other meditation techniques are not recommended in clinical practice to lower BP at this time.”

The AHA scientific statement also reported the finding that lower blood pressure through Transcendental Meditation practice is also associated with substantially reduced rates of death, heart attack, and stroke.

The AHA statement concludes that alternative treatments that include the Transcendental Meditation technique are recommended for consideration in treatment plans for all individuals with blood pressure >120/80 mm Hg.

*Brook RD et al., Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure. A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 61:00, April 2013.


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