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Transcending Heart Disease: Transcendental Meditation Improves Heart Health - Cardiologist Dr Suzanne Steinbaum

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3 March 2015

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Director of Women's Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, describes the impact of stress on heart health, and why she recommends the Transcendental Meditation® technique to her patients to help treat stress-related disorders. She also discusses the published evidence that the TM technique reduces high blood pressure, and greatly decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Among the range of conditions considered major risk factors for heart disease—including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking—it's only been very recently, Dr. Steinbaum explains, ''that we've understood the impact of stress.'' She discusses the ''stress response'' that produces a flood of hormones in the body, raising blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation—and this, in turn, leads to high blood pressure, plaque in the arteries, and eventually heart disease.

''Now that I can address stress as a major risk factor for heart disease, I get to do something about it,'' Dr. Steinbaum says. ''When I prescribe a statin that can lower cholesterol, I'm happy when I get efficacy of treatment at about 30%. But now I know when I treat stress with something like Transcendental Meditation, I can get as much as a 48% to 66% improvement with treatment with TM.

''What does this mean?'' she asks, citing the scientific statement issued in April 2013 by the American Heart Association ''that Transcendental Meditation was the only form of stress management and meditation to reduce blood pressure.

''It is the most efficacious way for us to treat one of the major risk factors of heart disease, which is stress.

''And now, since the American Heart Association has said—yes, Transcendental Meditation is something that we can prescribe to our patients, that we can tell our patients they can do and actually get benefit—I very clearly say to my patients, 'Let's treat blood pressure, let's treat your cholesterol, and let's treat your stress. And the way we're going to treat it is with TM.' ''

Watch video for more of Dr Suzanne Steinbaum's talk on Transcendental Meditation and heart disease, in which she goes on to discuss the large body of published scientific research documenting the beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation for heart health.

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