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Relief from depression in congestive heart failure patients - research on Transcendental Meditation

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15 September 2011

Cardiologist and researcher Robert Schneider,* M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.B.M.R., discusses the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique, not only in reducing risk factors for coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure, but also in improving patients' quality of life and mental health.

See also Part I of this series, 'Major risk factors for atherosclerosis reduced through Transcendental Meditation'; and Part II, 'Research finds improvement in congestive heart failure with Transcendental Meditation'.

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.

Click here for more about Transcendental Meditation and coronary risk factors, including related research showing reduced congestive heart failure and decreased depression.

* 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.

© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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