Health Tips: Meditation May Reduce Death, Heart Attack, and Stroke in Heart Patients

African-Americans with heart disease who practiced transcendental meditation regularly were 48 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die from all causes compared with African-Americans who attended a health education class over more than five years, according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Those practicing meditation also lowered their blood pressure and reported less stress and anger. And the more regularly patients meditated, the greater their survival, said researchers who conducted the study at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.