Meditation to enhance battle against cardiovascular disease?

8 June 2012

Teenagers who take part in meditation sessions on a regular basis may be able to better fight against cardiovascular disease.

Researchers from the Georgia Health Sciences University have suggested this strategy after studying teenagers most at risk of developing the life-threatening condition.

Basing their findings on 62 black teenagers with high blood pressure, the study team found that those who meditated twice a day for up to 15 minutes a time had lower left ventricular mass than those who did not pursue this activity.

The result is a significant one, seeing as though left ventricular mass is a common indicator for detailing whether people will develop cardiovascular disease sometime during their lives.

Dr Vernon Barnes, a physiologist in the Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Health Sciences University Institute of Public and Preventive Health, explained: "Increased mass of the heart muscle's left ventricle is caused by the extra workload on the heart with higher blood pressure.

"Some of these teens already had higher measures of left ventricular mass because of their elevated blood pressure, which they are likely to maintain into adulthood."

At the moment, heart and circulatory diseases are accountable for one in three of all deaths in the UK per year, according to the British Heart Foundation.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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