Stress Reduction in the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Randomized, Controlled Trial of Transcendental Meditation and Health Education in Blacks.

Author: Schneider RH, Grim CE, Rainforth MV, Kotchen T, Nidich SI, Gaylord-King C, Salerno JW, Kotchen JM, Alexander CN.
Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA.
Conference/Journal: Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes.
Date published: 2012 Nov 13
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BACKGROUND: =0.025). The TM group also showed a 24% risk reduction in the secondary end point (hazard ratio, 0.76; 95% confidence interval, 0.51-0.1.13; P=0.17). There were reductions of 4.9 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure (95% confidence interval -8.3 to -1.5 mm Hg; P=0.01) and anger expression (P<0.05 for all scales). Adherence was associated with survival.Conclusions-A selected mind-body intervention, the TM program, significantly reduced risk for mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients. These changes were associated with lower blood pressure and psychosocial stress factors. Therefore, this practice may be clinically useful in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
PMID: 23149426