A recent study indicates that meditation can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death by 50% in patients with existing heart disease. Preventative medicine specialist Robert Schneider of the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa collaborated with endocrinologist Theodore Kotchen of the Medical College of Wisconsin to carry out the first study that tested the effects of transcendental meditation on the risk of heart attack. The study enlisted 201 African American patients with narrowed coronary arteries – a risk factor for heart attack and stroke – and randomly assigned them to two groups. Both groups were given a standard treatment of prescription drugs as well as an educational course in cardiovascular health. One group was also asked to practice transcendental meditation for fifteen to twenty minutes a day along with the standard treatment. After monitoring patients for five to nine years, the researchers found that those who practiced transcendental meditation experienced 47% fewer heart attacks, strokes, and deaths compared to the control group, a sign that meditation is as powerful as any heart disease medication on the market.
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