When we look at the statistics of heart related deaths, the results are frightening. Of all the organs in our bodies, I will not say the heart is the most important but I will say that it carries the most responsibility.
If we want to live a fruitful and long life, it is mandatory that we keep a healthy heart.
Just to give you an idea how depressing heart statistics are, I am going to share some facts straight from the CDC website.
CDC Heart Statistics
- 1 in every 4 deaths are from heart disease
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women
- Every year, over 700,000 Americans have a heart attack
I also see that geography seems to show that more heart related issues occur in the Southern U.S. while the West coast has the least.
Could it be that meditation and Yoga are huge on the West coast while improper diets play a huge role in the South?
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I believe that our diets play a major part in our heart health, but another huge factor is stress and that is what today’s post is about.
Meditation Can Help Your Heart Immensely
The American Heart Association published a study that shows meditation is a wise method to enjoy a healthy heart. You can read that full study here.
This study was done using African American participants because of the high rate of heart issues in that group. The study showed that patients who practiced meditation twice per day had much lower risks of heart attacks than the control group who were just educated and put on heart healthy diets and exercise.
Don’t stop exercising and eating healthy heart diets!
But adding in meditation twice per day will help you live healthier.
How The Study Worked
The study followed approximately 200 African American men and women with approximately ½ using the meditation and the other half receiving healthy heart education.
From the participants, about 59% were taking cholesterol lowering medication, about 32% took aspirin regularly and about 40% smoked. Also, the average body mass index overall was clinically obese.
The meditation group sat with eyes closed for 20 minutes twice a day practicing the technique while the health education group was advised to spend 20 minutes a day at home practicing exercise, healthy meal preparation, and relaxation. At the end of the study, the meditation group not only experienced fewer heart attacks, strokes, and deaths, but also decreased their blood pressure.
Just this study alone showed us that meditation can, and does work to relieve our stress and help us have a healthy heart.
Heart Disease High Risk Groups
Certain factors put people in high risk categories when it comes to heart disease. The primary high risk factors are:
- High blood pressure
- and High cholesterol
The CDC claims that about ½ of all Americans have at least 1 of those high risk factors.
But other risk factors do include:
- High stress careers
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Inactivity (physical)
- and Poor diets
So just as I stated earlier, having a proper diet and exercising are key ingredients to maintain a healthy heart.
But when you add meditation to that list, it is like “putting icing on the cake.” I mentioned high stress careers being a factor, but every person has stress on some level. Stress makes your heart work harder than it should. Getting the stress under control will help you live a more fruitful life.
The Chopra Heart Meditation
I want to share with you the heart meditation the Chopra Center recommends:
- Close your eyes
- Place your attention on your heart, breathing easily
- Let thoughts and sensations come and go as they will, like a quiet observer
- After five minutes are up, open our eyes
I suggest you try this twice per day.
I would love to help you develop a healthy heart diet and exercise program too. Let’s get your weight, your heart and your mind back on path to great health and long life.
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