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Congestive heart failure and the Transcendental Meditation Technique - Part II
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14 July 2008

The new interactive website 'ASK THE DOCTORS' (, among many valuable features, includes the expert knowledge of top medical doctors and scientists, who answer questions from the public about the use of the Transcendental Meditation Programme to prevent specific diseases and promote health and longevity.

Following is Part II of an in-depth series of comments posted on the site by two experts, answering questions about the beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation for congestive heart failure.

Please also see Part I of this article.

Here Drs. Schneider and Kaplan 
answer questions on congestive heart failure.

Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R., has been awarded more than $20 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his pioneering research on natural approaches to heart disease. Dr. Schneider is the author of Total Heart Health and 100 medical research articles, and he has been featured in more than 1,000 media reports, including CNN Headline News, The New York Times, and Time magazine.

Gary P. Kaplan, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurologist and associate professor of clinical neurology at New York University School of Medicine. He is also a recipient of the Albert H. Douglas Award from the Medical Society of the State of New York for outstanding achievements as a clinical teacher interested in promoting and improving the medical education of physicians.

Q: Does the Transcendental Meditation program also help relieve depression in heart patients?

Dr. Schneider: Yes. In the study on congestive heart failure that we have been discussing, the same individuals showed improvement in quality of life and mental health in addition to improvements in physical capacity of heart functioning, as shown by a clinically significant reduction in depression in the Transcendental Meditation practitioners as compared to controls. This shows that adding an effective mind-body intervention program to usual medical treatment program results in significant improvements in both physical and mental health in patients with heart failure. This is a remarkable medical discovery, and it is very easy to implement on a widespread basis.

Q: Can someone with an already weakened heart who is suffering from congestive heart failure benefit from the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique?

Dr. Kaplan: A recent study published in Ethnicity and Disease documents improvement in measures of congestive heart failure, including exercise tolerance, after only three months of regular practice of the TM technique.

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Practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.

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