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Study: Meditation lessens risk of heart attack, stroke

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A group of women is seen meditating in this undated file photo.

A group of women is seen meditating in this undated file photo. (KABC Photo)

What if there was an easy way to reduce deaths, heart attacks and strokes in heart patients? No drugs. No surgery. New research says there may be.

Transcendental meditation is a practice designed to quiet the mind by doing such things as repeating a word or sound over and over.

A study in the journal Circulation finds obese African-American patients who regularly meditate are 48 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or die.

Regular meditation also lowered blood pressure and reduced stress levels.

Researchers suspect the technique turns on the body's own pharmacy to repair and maintain itself.

Experts say meditation may reduce heart disease risks in healthy people as well.

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