Meditation May Benefit Heart Patients
Study: Black Patients With Heart Failure Improve Significantly After Meditation
Stress Reduction Is Key
Although the researchers evaluated only TM, Jayadevappa says other types of
meditation may also benefit heart patients, as long as the practice helps lower
Florida cardiologist Gerald Fletcher, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in
Jacksonville, tells WebMD that other interventions designed to relieve stress
may also help prevent and treat heart disease.
He points to a recent study from Greece suggesting that taking a daily nap
can reduce the risk of death from heart disease.
"It is not easy to study the impact of stress reduction on the heart, so
we don’t have the hard data to prove unequivocally that meditating or taking
naps to relieve stress is beneficial," he says. "But it is certainly
something that deserves a more thorough look."