Meditation May Help Prevent Heart Disease


American Heart Association (AHA) boffins reviewed the scientific literature for proof meditation can reduce risk factors for heart disease, and found plenty of good-quality evidence supporting the claim.

The 84-year-old Apollo Hospitals chairman added, "The need of the hour is a "heart disease prevention and reversal" programme, a unique combination of personalised monitoring, counselling, treatment, diet, yoga, micronutrients and meditation".

Studies have shown that meditation can have long-term effects on the brain and how it works, and numerous studies on the potential benefits of meditation have been published.

The investigators concluded that these types of meditation may be associated with decreased stress, anxiety and depression. "We are delighted to support the IDF in launching the survey, Taking Diabetes to Heart, to better understand the current knowledge and awareness of cardiovascular disease among people with type 2 diabetes, which will ultimately inform actions needed to help improve health outcomes".

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Having suffered two heart attacks herself, Jovita has also lost both her parents and two of her brothers to a heart attack.

"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.

About 68% smokers have quit smoking because of cardiovascular complications, revealed a study done by cardiologists from Mumbai on the occasion of World Heart Day.According to World Health Organization (WHO) smoking causes almost 10% of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and is only preceded by high blood pressure as the major cause of CVD.Tobacco use is the leading single preventable cause of death worldwide, killing more than 7 million people each year.

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