Hjertepatienter lever længere

H40-Decreased-Mortality-Rate-v1Denne undersøgelse, der er lavet i samarbejde med American National Institutes of Health, fulgte dødelighedsmønstre over en periode på 19 år, efter voksne med forhøjet blodtryk enten lærte Transcendental Meditation eller deltog i kontrollerede indgreb. Resultaterne viste et 23% fald i dødelighed af alle årsager og et 30% fald i dødelighed forårsaget af hjertesygdomme i TM-gruppen i forhold til kontrolgruppen. Ref. American Journal of Cardiology 95: 1060–1064, 2005

Reduce chances of heart attack, stroke, or death

This randomised, controlled study on patients with documented cardiovascular diseases found that those randomly assigned to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, had a reduction of 43% of the risk of death, hemorrhage or stroke in the follow up period of 5 to 9 years, in comparison to the control group that took part in the programme for health care education. Later analysis showed that participants that had most regularly practiced TM actually had a 61% reduction in the risk of death, heart attack or stroke in comparison to the controls.Ref.Circulation 120: S461 (Abstract), 2009

Lavere blodtryk hos personer med forhøjet blodtryk

H37-BP-Meta-AnalysisDenne meta-analyse omfattede 107 publiserede undersøgelser af reduktion af stress og blodtryk, deriblandt 17 undersøgelser med 23 sammenligninger af behandlinger af 960 forsøgspersoner. De opfyldte kriterier for veltilrettelagte, randomiserede og kontrollerede forsøg, med adskillige undersøgelser i hver behandlingskategori for patienter med forhøjet blodtryk. Kun Transcendental Meditations indvirkning på forhøjet blodtryk viste sig at være statistisk signifikant (p=.0002). Ref. Current Hypertension Reports 9: 520–528, 2007. For hele artiklen, klik her.

Less “pain in the chest”

H32-Reduct-Angina-v1The term ‘cardiac syndrome X’ is used for patients with pain in the chest (angina) and normal coronary angiogramman. Such patients often keep symptoms despite conventional anti angina medication and reassurance by their cardiologist. The pain in the chest that occurs among them often plays up during exercise but also frequently in rest; such symptoms can closely simulate unstable angina and give cause to renewed hospitalisation and new examinations. Through the twice a day practice of Transcendental Meditation for a period of three months, the occurrence of angina episodes significantly decreased, exercise tolerance increased and subjective quality of life among patients with this syndrome improved.Ref.American Journal of Cardiology 85: 653-655, 2000

Reduction of the left ventricular mass

H42-ReductionLeftVentricularMass-v1An important predictor for death caused by heart problems is the left ventricular mass, the thickening of the muscle in the left ventricular of the heart. This thickening can be an anatomic response to hypertension or other cardiovascular problems. This study showed that adolescents with high normal blood pressure that were taught the Transcendental Meditation technique showed a reduction of the left ventricular mass, after 4 months, in comparison to those who were randomly assigned to a control group receiving health education.Ref.Annals of Behavioral Medicine 37(Supplement): S195 (Abstract), 2009

More exercise tolerance among heart patients

H16-Exercise-Tolerance-CoroHeart patients that were taught the Transcendental Meditation technique showed increased exercise tolerance in comparison to controls as measured by the increased maximum work burden (graphed here), increased physical exercise time and improvements in other cardiovascular measurements.Ref.The American Journal of Cardiology  77: 867–870, 1996

Increased functional capacity among heart patients

H41-Increased-Functional-Capacity-among-CHF-Patients-v1Patients recently admitted to the hospital with cognitive heart failures, and that were taught Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique, after 6 months showed better functional capacity, in comparison to those that were randomly assigned to control groups that received health information. Functional capacity was measured through a six-minute walking test, by measuring how far an individual was able to walk in the time allotted.Ref.Ethnicity & Disease 17: 72–77, 2007

Lavere systolisk blodtryk hos patienter med hjerte-kar-sygdomme

H35-Reduced-Blood-Pressure-CHDDette randomiserede, kontrollerede kliniske forsøg omfattende personer med stabil hjerte-kar-sygdom konkluderede at 16 ugers udøvelse af Transcendental Meditation, i modsætning til deltagelse i et sundhedskursus, førte til ent signifikant lavere systolisk blodtryk. Forhøjet blodtryk er en faktor ved ‘stofskiftesyndromet’, der ofte sættes i forbindelse med overvægt, insulin-resistens og hyperlipidemia (for meget fedt i blodet). Dette syndrom er en risikofaktor for hjerte-kar-sygdom og dermed forbundet dødelighed. Ref. Archives of Internal Medicine 166: 1218–1224, 2006

Improved cardiovascular efficiency

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Among military cadets that were taught the Transcendental Meditation technique, an increased cardiovascular efficiency and stability was demonstrated prior to physical exercise, as measured by reduced resting heart rate right before a running exercise.Ref.‘Project for introduction of a programme for prevention of stress—Transcendental Meditation’. Centre for Personnel Studies, Department of Teaching and Research, Ministry of the Army, Brazil.

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