Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have found that people with coronary disease who began practicing meditation were 48 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die from all causes, compared to a group of study participants who merely attended a health education class.
In addition, researchers found that those practicing meditation were able to lower the blood pressure, in addition to reporting less overall stress and anger. The study also found that the more regularly patients meditated, the greater their rates of survival.
The results of the study were published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
For the purposes of the study, the research team randomly assigned 201 African-American participants to a Transcendental Meditation stress-reduction program or a health education class teaching lifestyle modification, diet and exercise.
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