Mindful Meditation Link to a Healthier Heart - July 2015

A study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes in 2012 that examined the benefit of meditation for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in a randomised controlled study. Meditation was prescribed for 20 minutes twice daily. After 5 years of follow-up, a 48% reduction in cardiovascular events was documented in the meditation group compared with the control group. On the basis of this data, imagine the potential for improved outcomes if such an intervention as meditation were more widely prescribed and more widely practiced by our patients.

Stephen Devries MD shares, although cardiologists certainly don't need to be experts in stress management, we can play a vital role in providing support and encouragement to our patients to consider stress management tools, which range widely from medication and behavioural therapy to biofeedback, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, and much more. – Medscape

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