Reduction of the left ventricular mass

An important predictor for death caused by heart problems is the left ventricular mass, the thickening of the muscle in the left ventricular of the heart. This thickening can be an anatomic response to hypertension or other cardiovascular problems. This study showed that adolescents with high normal blood pressure that were taught the Transcendental Meditation technique showed a reduction of the left ventricular mass, after 4 months, in comparison to those who were randomly assigned to a control group receiving health education.

Reference: Annals of Behavioral Medicine 37(Supplement): S195 (Abstract), 2009.