Transcendental Mediation Impacting Heart Disease:

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Heart disease is a serious threat. Annually, heart disease accounts for 42% of all deaths (Trivieri, 2002). There are many things that people do that contributed to their own risk of heart disease. For example, living a sedentary lifestyle, eating high fat and processed food, and smoking all have the potential to increase an individual’s chance of forming heart disease. There are many types of heart disease. Some of the most common types of heart disease include heart attack, which occurs when part of the heart dies due to lack of oxygen, coronary stenosis, which is the narrowing of vessels that supply the heart itself with blood, angina, which is discomfort due to decreased oxygen to the heart, congestive heart failure (CHF) is when the hearts strength is diminished from several possible causes and finally, stroke, which is when there is an interruption in the blood supply to the brain (Trivieri, 2002). Transcendental meditation is an unique form of meditation. The greatest benefits are attained when this form of meditation is practiced two times a day for fifteen to twenty minutes per time. Transcendental meditation is easy to incorporate into nealy any life style because it can be practiced at home or on the city bus. The key to transcendental meditation is that it should be effortless. While meditating, a person should focus on exploring within themselves so that their mind is able to achieve a state of rest that can be up to three times more restful than sleep if done properly (Amharic, 2009). The first study that I explored investigated the idea that people that practice transcendental meditation have lower lipid levels within their blood. The experimental group and the control group were both evaluated for lif... ... middle of paper ... .... Archives of Internal Medicine, 166, 1218- 1224. Retrieved March 15, 2009, from Google Scholar database. Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation (2009). The Transcendental Meditation Program. Retrieved March 20, 2009, from http://www.tm.org/ Schneider, Robert H., Alexander, Charles N., (2005). Stress Reduction in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in African Americans. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 22, 159-180. Retrieved March 18, 2009, from Google Scholar database. Schneider, Robert H., Nidich, Sanford I., (1998). Lower Lipid Peroxide Levels in Practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Program. Psychosomatic Medicine, 60, 38-41. Retrieved March 15, 2009, from Google Scholar database. Trivieri, Larry Jr., Anderson, John W. (2002) AlternativeMedicine The Definitive Guide. Berkeley, CA. Celestial Arts.

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