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Meditation Is Great for Heart Health, Bypass Patients – EOC Institute

Meditation Is Great for Heart Health, Bypass Patients

How Meditation Builds Healthy Hearts, Bypasses Surgery

Study: How mindfulness benefits heart health and bypass surgery

For a happy and healthy heart, everybody knows the importance of diet and exercise. However, very few of us realize that a durable ticker also requires a well-tuned mind. An incredible study published in the academic compilation "Potentiating Health & The Crisis Of The Immune System" has put the mind-body link directly under the microscope.

In addition to receiving around 10 counseling sessions and the usual care regimen, Psychologist Dr Carl Stonier (University of Hull) had 40 ischaemic heart disease patients practice an at-home guided imagery meditation program over the course of one year (while the control group received only the usual care regimen). More proof into the mind’s incredible ability to heal the body, here's what the remarkable study found:

Incredible Meditation Heart Patient Study Results:

  • The statistics (below) for mental well-being, emotional health, degree of chest pain, and exercise tolerance for the counseling & guided imagery meditation group's results were both potent and long lasting — while the control group’s results were less than stellar and only temporary.
  • "Experimental Group" — Final Results: (3 months +934%, 6 months +705%, 12 months +577%)
  • "Control Group" — Final Results: (3 months +103%, 6 months -32%, 12 months 34%)
  • The experimental group either greatly reduced or entirely came off their heart medication, while regaining significant "control" of their lives, including their ability and capacity to exercise.
  • After completion of the study, the doctors found the results to be so exemplary that the control group were invited to switch to the experimental program.

How Meditation Lead To The Miracle Of The "Cardiac Cripple"

How mindfulness helps heart patients

One shining example of Dr. Stonier’s study was a woman deemed the "cardiac cripple." With her medication maxed out and incapable of another bypass surgery, she was out of options and out of hope.

Luckily, the guided imagery meditation proved to be her magic. The same woman who got angina from simply getting out of her car was, after practicing meditation for only three months, swimming nearly a mile every day.

While nothing in the past had worked for her, she ended up maintaining good health for decades afterward, even becoming the caregiver to her husband who developed Alzheimer’s later in life.

Why Meditation Is Priceless

The benefits of mindfulness on heart bypass surgery

Is the best medicine also the cheapest medicine? With heart bypass surgery now in the $70,000-$200,000 range, how much does the ancient mind practice cost?

While we don't have enough data to say that mindfulness can empty the heart bypass surgery waiting list (a bold claim indeed!), meditation is certainly key to the future of medicine.

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