Key to A Healthy Heart (www.TMforWomensHeartHealth.org)
As women, we often identify with matters of the heart and give much emotional energy to partners, children, parents, friends and community. Being pulled in so many directions, we can be stretched thin, which creates stress and renders us more susceptible to heart disease. Although it is the number one cause of death for women in the United States, most women do not know enough about heart disease to know how to protect themselves from it.
NIH funded cardiovascular research on TM
The National Institutes of Health has funded over $26 million in research on the Transcendental Meditation technique for prevention of heart disease. A study conducted at the University of Wisconsin and presented at a recent conference of the American Heart Association showed that deaths, heart attacks, and strokes were cut by nearly half for at-risk patients who practiced the TM technique, compared to controls.
TM reduces main risk factors
The Transcendental Meditation technique has also been found to reduce the three major risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Stress and anxiety are known to create strain on the cardiovascular system, and TM practice is a powerful tool for reducing chronic anxiety and overall stress in our lives. The TM technique also curbs smoking and drug and alcohol abuse, reducing these additional common risk factors for heart disease.
During TM practice, the mind effortlessly settles inward to the most quiet, expanded state of restful alertness—putting the mind in contact with the inner reservoir of intelligence, happiness and creativity. In this meditative state, the brain functions more coherently while the body experiences deep rest, dissolving accumulated stresses and fatigue.
Because so many factors impact a woman’s cardiovascular system, what we need is an effective, scientifically validated, holistic approach that balances body, mind and emotions—TM beautifully fulfills those requirements.
Relevant Scientific Research Findings on the Transcendental Meditation program
- 50% reduction: heart attack, stroke, death
- Reduced cholesterol
- Reduced high blood pressure
- Reduced insulin resistance
- Alleviates stress
The TM technique was found to have a statistically significant impact of reducing systolic blood pressure according to meta-analysis examining the effect of all published randomized, controlled clinical trials on the effects of the TM technique on blood pressure. American Journal of Hypertension 21: 310-316, 2008.
This randomized controlled trial of patients with coronary heart disease found that those practicing the TM Technique showed a reduction of 43 percent in the risk of mortality, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or stroke. Circulation 120: S461, 2009.
The TM technique, in contrast to participation in a health education program, led to a significant reduction in insulin resistance. Archives of Internal Medicine166: 1218-1224, 2006.