Individuals practicing transcendental meditation daily may lower their blood pressure, according to a study reported in the American Journal of Hypertension (April 2005). The researchers reached this conclusion after an 8-month study involving 111 African-American teens on the brink of becoming adults with hypertension.
The results of the study showed that two 15-minute meditation sessions a day generated a 21% increase in the ability of teens'blood vessels to dilate. The participants who did not use meditation experienced an average 4% decrease in blood vessel dilation over the study period. More in-depth studies are needed to evaluate the long-term impact of meditation on heart disease risk.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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