Heart Health

Can calming your mind help your heart?

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Meditation practices vary, but most involve quiet, focused attention, during which you close your eyes and direct your consciousness on breathing, an object, or a word or phrase known as a mantra. Transcendental Meditation
uses techniques that encourage the mind to "transcend" thoughts; mindfulness 
meditation encourages you to focus on the present moment. 

Meditation offers promising benefits for the cardiovascular system.

Many people practice meditation in hopes of staving off stress and stress-related health problems, including heart disease. While some studies of meditation's mental and physical benefits haven't been the most scientifically rigorous, research strongly suggests that this ancient, mind-calming practice can help lower blood pressure—and offers hints of other benefits for the entire cardiovascular system.

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