Heart disease is a serious threat. Annually, heart disease accounts for 42% of all deaths (Trivieri, 2002). There are many things that people do that contributed to their own risk of heart disease. For example, living a sedentary lifestyle, eating high fat and processed food, and smoking all have the potential to increase an individual’s chance of forming heart disease. There are many types of heart disease. Some of the most common types of heart disease include heart attack, which occurs when part of the heart dies due to lack of oxygen, coronary stenosis, which is the narrowing of vessels that supply the heart itself with blood, angina, which is discomfort due to decreased oxygen to the heart, congestive heart failure (CHF) is when the hearts strength is diminished from several possible causes and finally, stroke, which is when there is an interruption in the blood supply to the brain (Trivieri, 2002).
Transcendental meditation is an unique form of meditation. The greatest benefits are attained when this form of meditation is practiced two times a day for fifteen to twenty minutes per time. Transcendental meditation is easy to incorporate into nealy any life style because it can be practiced at home or on the city bus. The key to transcendental meditation is that it should be effortless. While meditating, a person should focus on exploring within themselves so that their mind is able to achieve a state of rest that can be up to three times more restful than sleep if done properly (Amharic, 2009).
The first study that I explored investigated the idea that people that practice transcendental meditation have lower lipid levels within their blood. The experimental group and the control group were both evaluated for lifestyle choices like how much red meat they consumed, if they meditated and if they were smokers. Some uncertainty arose in the study because the control group and experimental group differed slightly on the amount of red meat they consumed. All the other variables that the control group and the experimental group were assessed for had the same results. The results of the study showed that “The Transcendental Meditation group showed a significantly lower level of lipid peroxide concentration … compared with the control group” (Schneider, 1998). Certain types of lipids within the blood can be very dangerous to cardiovascular health. Based on the studies initial findings the longer the person practiced Transcendental Meditation the lower the lipid levels within the blood were in comparison to people of the same age that had not practiced transcendental meditation (Schneider, 1998). There is growing evidence that “psychosocial stress may contribute to the etiology of CHD, other chronic diseases, and aging through free radical mechanisms. Stress reduction with the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program has been shown to decrease psychosocial stress.” (Schneider, 1998).
The second study I read focused on the potential...