People with coronary heart disease can halve their risk of a heart attack or stroke by taking up Transcendental Meditation (TM), researchers have found. It's even more effective than a change of diet and exercising.
The stress-reducing technique had a significant impact on a group of 201 participants who were all suffering from a narrowing of arteries in their hearts.
Half of the group practised TM for nine years, and they had a 47 per cent lower rate of death, heart attack and stroke, and a clinically significant reduction in blood pressure, compared with the half that changed their diet and exercised.
(Source: American Heart Association annual meeting, November 16, 2009).