Those who suffer from heart disease and practice transcendental meditation are almost 50% less likely to suffer a heart attack, compared to those who do not meditate and are in the same circumstances, according to a study conducted by researchers of the Medical College of Wisconsin, in the United States and published in the magazine Archives of Internal Medicine.
The research was developed over 9 years, the researchers followed the evolution of a total of 201 African-American patients, with an average age of 59 years old whose arteries had narrowed. The participants were divided into 2 groups, one that practiced transcendental meditation techniques and another that received health education classes to encourage healthy habits such as physical exercise and proper diet.
The expert Robert Schneider, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, said that these results are, until now, the best documented information of the effects produced by an intervention body-mind in relation to cardiovascular pathologies. This shows that the transcendental meditation -a technique to reduce stress- decreases the probability of suffering from non-fatal myocardial infarctions and stroke (cerebrovascular disease that affects the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain) non-fatal in 47%.
It should be noted that the study participants maintained their normal medication (issued by their treating physicians), so the meditation should be considered as a complement , not as a substitute, for the treatment of cardiac conditions.