In a new research, conducted at University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, Transcendental Meditation ® (TM) , a popular mediation practice, can significantly reduce the severity of congestive heart failure.


“The results of this study indicate that transcendental meditation can be effective in improving the functional capacity and quality of life of congestive heart failure patients” said Ravishankar Jayadevappa, PhD, lead author and Research Assistant Professor in Penn’s Division of Geriatric Medicine. “These results also suggest long-term improvements in survival in these individuals.”

This present finding is consistent with previous research demonstrating that TM reduces factors that contribute to the cause or progression of heart failure, such a high blood pressure, stress, metabolic syndrome, left ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart) and severity of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

According to the study authors, TM most likely improves heart failure by reducing sympathetic nervous system activation associated with stress that is known to contribute to the failing heart.

So, once again meditation has been shown to positively affect the body. Some previous articles on this site about the benefits of meditation can be found in:

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Material for this article was taken from Medical News Today