Meditation and Your Heart?>
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Meditation and Your Heart

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you have coronary artery disease, meditation may help keep you healthy, according to a recent study conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The study involved 201 obese black men and women with coronary artery disease, mostly with low incomes.

Half practiced Transcendental Meditation (20 minutes, twice a day), half were given health education and told to spend at least 20 minutes a day at home doing heart-healthy activities.

After five years, the meditation group had 48 percent fewer heart attacks, strokes and deaths from all causes (though, oddly, not significantly fewer cardiovascular deaths) than the control group, as well as lower blood pressure and less stress and anger.