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Promoting a healthy heart and life

Stressed Heart Meditating Heart

Stressed Heart

Meditating Heart

How stress damages the heart
Psychological stress has been shown to
increase activation of the sympathetic nervous system and the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis. This increased activation releases adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol, which lead to faster heart rate, increased cardiac output, and narrower arteries. These changes, in turn, create increased blood pressure. Activation of these systems also accelerates the progress of atherosclerosis and can lead to acute plaque rupture, which results in ischemia of the heart (angina) and coronary heart disease and stroke.

How the Transcendental Meditation technique promotes a healthy heart
The twice-daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique reduces activation of the sympathetic nervous system—which, in turn, dilates the blood vessels and reduces stress hormones, such as adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol. Published research confirms that the TM technique: Reduces high blood pressure • Reduces atherosclerosis • Reduces constriction of blood vessels • Reduces thickening of coronary arteries • Reduces use of antihypertensive medication • Reduces mortality rates.

Research validates the benefits to health

The National Institutes of Health has granted over $20 million to study the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on the prevention and treatment of heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. In addition, hundreds of other studies have been conducted on the beneficial effects of the TM program for mind, health, behavior, and society at over 210 independent universities and research institutions in 33 countries, including Harvard, Yale, and UCLA Medical School.

Reduced High Blood
Pressure and Death Rates

American Journal of Cardiology

Reduced High Blood Pressure and
Reduced Hypertensive Medication

American Journal of Hypertension

Reduced Atherosclerosis
American Journal of Cardiology

Reduced Thickening of Coronary Arteries
The American Heart Association’s Stroke

Reduced Constriction of Blood Vessels
Psychosomatic Medicine

Reduced Blood Pressure
International Journal of Neuroscience

Reduced Myocardial Eschemia
American Journal of Cardiology

Slowing of Aging
International Journal of Neuroscience

Reduced Hospitalization Rates
American Journal of Managed Care

Decreased Medical Care
Utilization and Hospitalization

Psychosomatic Medicine

Increased Creativity
Journal of Creative Behavior

Improved Memory
Memory and Cognition

Increased Intelligence
Intelligence

Decreased Anxiety
Journal of Clinical Psychology

Reduced Alcohol Abuse
American Journal of Psychiatry

Increased Productivity
Academy of Management Journal

Reduced Blood Pressure:
Comparisons with Other Procedures

The American Heart Association’s
Hypertension

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