Using Meditation to Prevent Heart Disease
Meditation may help reduce some risk factors for heart disease, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association.
The statement, released Thursday, noted that a healthy lifestyle and medicines to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart threats are the most effective ways to prevent heart disease.
Dr. Levine and his colleagues reviewed studies on common types of sitting meditation, such as Zen meditation, Raja yoga and transcendental meditation, and their effects on heart disease risk factors.
“Since education on how to meditate is widely available and meditation has little if any risk associated with it, interested people may want to use these techniques, in addition to established medical and lifestyle interventions, as a possible way to lower heart disease risk,” said Levine in an association news release. He is a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Dr. Levine stressed that the benefits from meditation are not clearly established. So it’s important that people do not use meditation as a substitute for traditional medical care.
The statement was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
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