Posted by: Tony Carson | 18 November, 2009

Calming your plaque away

Mediation eases heart disease, according to this BBC article.

That’s the good news, the bad news is that it’s a bitch to learn how to meditate, I know, I tried, took the classes, read the books, practised: doing nothing while emptying your head of everything is the most difficult work-out you’ll ever have.

But it apparently pays off:

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At a meeting of the American Heart Association they said they had randomly assigned 201 African Americans to meditate or to make lifestyle changes.

After nine years, the meditation group had a 47% reduction in deaths, heart attacks and strokes.

The research was carried out by the Medical College of Wisconsin with the Maharishi University in Iowa.

It was funded by a £2.3m grant from the National Institute of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

‘Significant benefits’

The African American men and women had an average age of 59 years and a narrowing of the arteries in their hearts.

The meditation group were asked to practise for 20 minutes twice a day.

The lifestyle change group received education classes in traditional risk factors, including dietary modification and exercise.

Over nine years, there were 20 events (heart attacks, strokes or death) in the meditation group and 31 in the health education group.

I always meant to get back at mediation. Seems a lot healthier than raising your blood pressure blogging.

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