Harvard Heart Letter

Can calming your mind help your heart?

Meditation involves quiet, focused attention on breathing, an object, or a word or phase known as a mantra. Meditating regularly can modestly lower blood pressure and may offer other cardiovascular benefits, including improved heart rate variability (a sign of a healthy heart) and a dampening of the body’s “fight or flight” stress reaction. Meditation may also help reduce depression, anxiety, and pain, which are common in people with heart disease. 
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