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Transcendental Meditation highly effective in treating cardiovascular disease, help for veterans with PTS

Operation Warrior Wellness    Translate This Article
26 January 2012

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. For veterans suffering from PTS and major depression, this disease is even more deadly. PTS is associated with greater risk of heart attacks, and depression doubles the risk of dying from heart disease.

A large body of National Institutes of Health-funded, published research has shown the Transcendental Meditation technique to be highly effective in treating cardiovascular disease. Findings include significant reductions in blood pressure and harmful cholesterol, decreases in atherosclerosis, and a 47 percent drop in cardiovascular-related mortality.

The first of three scientific studies featured in this section, including charts displaying their findings, is a meta-analysis that examined the results of all published, randomized, controlled clinical trials on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on reducing blood pressure, comprising nine studies with 711 subjects.

The Transcendental Meditation technique was found to have a statistically significant impact on reducing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. In fact, the reduction of systolic blood pressure was on par with first-line antihypertensive medication—with none of the negative side effects (American Journal of Hypertension 21: 310-316, 2008).

Click here to learn more about research related to veterans' cardiovascular health.

Global Good News will continue to report on research on the Transcendental Meditation program related to reduction of cardiovascular disease in veterans.

Click here for more about Operation Warrior Wellness—an initiative of the David Lynch Foundation to help combat veterans overcome the debilitating effects of traumatic stress through Transcendental Meditation.

© Copyright 2012 David Lynch Foundation

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