How does TM improve heart health?

During the Transcendental Meditation technique, the mind effortlessly settles and achieves a state of deep rest. This in turn allows the body to relax and dissolve accumulated stress.

Research shows that regular TM practice improves many symptoms associated with high risk of heart disease, including:

  • High stress levels
  • Elevated body mass index (BMI)
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased left ventricular mass
  • Angina
  • High cholesterol

“The meditation is definitely helping with my stress. My resting heart rate is normally 67-71. When I finished a recent session I checked, and my heart rate was 59! Haven’t missed a day yet.” Michael, February 2023

Lowering blood pressure and stress

Watch this video with Dr. Robert Schneider discussing the recent research trials, studying the link between the TM technique and improved heart health.

TM lowers blood pressure

There is a strong correlation between high blood pressure, or hypertension, and heart disease. High blood pressure

and puts additional strain on the heart. It’s of particular concern because the symptoms of high blood pressure often go unnoticed for years.

That’s why it’s crucial to weave healthy, sustainable habits into your everyday life. These include eating unprocessed food, getting regular exercise, limiting tobacco and alcohol intake, and also

to relax the mind and body.

A study by the American Heart Association states that the Transcendental Meditation technique is the only meditation practice that has been proven to lower blood pressure.¹

A 2007 meta-analysis of 107 studies showed that regular TM practice reduces blood pressure more effectively than bio-feedback,

, muscle relaxation, and combined treatment.

“My anxiety and heart rate have gone down, my blood pressure is better. I’m sleeping more, a better quality sleep and I haven’t slept well in years.” Shannon, August 2023

TM decreases left ventricular mass

Health professionals often use an index known as “left ventricular mass” to understand someone’s risk for heart disease and the impact of their blood pressure measurements on the heart. A larger left ventricular mass is a warning sign for heart attacks, strokes, and death.

Another research article demonstrated the numerous benefits of the TM technique for young people’s health.²

There were measurable improvements to their:

  • Stress levels
  • Blood pressure
  • Vascular function
  • Respiration rate
  • Serum cholesterol levels
  • Tobacco and alcohol use

TM reduces cardiovascular risk factors

Other studies have found that the TM technique mitigates a wide range of cardiovascular risk factors among adolescents and young adults at risk for hypertension.³ Cardiovascular risk factors are behaviors and symptoms that are commonly associated with heart disease.

It is often seen that research participants are able to markedly reduce their use of standard medical treatments for hypertension and heart disease. 

This 2012 study shows a significant reduction of risk for heart attacks, stroke, and death between a control group, and a group who are regularly practicing TM. 

“TM was simple and easy for me to implement in my daily life. Within a short time of practice, I've already experienced a wide array of health benefits.” Tony, June 2023

Find an instructor

The TM technique is great to have in your toolkit as one of several ways you can improve your heart health and lower your risk of heart disease.

Connect with a local, certified TM instructor to learn more about the TM technique and its many other benefits.

By Chloe Bonfield, June 3 2024

References:

  1. Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure, Robert D. Brook, MD, et al, and on behalf of the American Heart Association Professional Education Committee and others, 22 Apr 2013, Hypertension. 2013;61:1360–1383
  2. Barnes VA, Kapuku GK, Treiber FA. Impact of Transcendental Meditation on left ventricular mass in African American adolescents. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 923153. doi:10.1155/2012/923153
  3. Barnes VA, Orme-Johnson DW. Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in adolescents and adults through the Transcendental Meditation Program: a research review update. Current Hypertension Reviews 2012 8(3):227-242