Stress-reducing meditation technique called, Transcendental meditation may effectively decrease the severity of congestive heart failure.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania came out with this notion after studying about 23 African American men and women who had been hospitalized recently with New York Heart Association class II or III congestive heart failure. The average age of these participants was 64 years. During the course of study, some participants were randomly selected for Transcendental Meditation with usual medical care. Then researchers measured changes in participants’ heart function, depression level, etc. After an intensive study of six months, lead author of the study Ravishanker Jayadevappa, Ph.D., concluded that groups of patients who underwent Transcendental Meditation classes showed tremendous improvement. Moreover, the TM (Transcendental Meditation) group showed improvements in quality of life measurements, depression. In addition, such patients underwent less hospitalization. This is good finding that I hope would help lots of people, especially in countries like U.S. where about 500,000 new patients are diagnosed with congestive heart failure every year-and 300,000 patients die each year from this disease.