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How meditation can prevent heart attack and stroke?

A recent study published in the Time Magazine tells us that meditation can  help to prevent a Heart Attack or a stroke.
‘Meditation can’t hurt you!’ This it is what most Doctors and people say, but now there is reassuring evidence that it may help you as well when it comes to warding off disease.
The study was conducted  by the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Studies on the effects of mediation have been done countless times, but this is by far the most prestigious and recognized study to date, proving that simply meditating 20 minutes twice a day can cut your chances of sudden death, heart attack, and stroke in half immediately.

Previous studies have already linked better health outcomes among heart patients who practiced meditation compared to those who did not, but none of those trials could definitively credit the brain-focusing program with the better health results. In the latest trial to address those limitations, however, meditation does appear to have an effect on reducing heart attack, stroke and even early death from heart disease, at least among African-Americans.

After roughly five years of follow-up, the researchers found a 48% reduction  in the overall risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from any cause among members of the meditation group compared to those from the health education group. The meditating group enjoyed an average drop of 4.9 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure compared to the control group and also reported less stress and less anger.

Even if some experts are skeptical regarding the alleged benefits of techniques such as transcendental meditation that claim to reduce stress by a substantial amount “it can’t hurt you to try”.

Sources:
Time Magazine Health&Family
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