[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]A[/su_dropcap]re you one of the many Americans who struggle to keep their high blood pressure under control? If so, don’t lose hope just yet.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 75 million American adults have high blood pressure – that’s 1 in every 3 American adults. Anyone can develop high blood pressure and it greatly increases risk for heart disease and stroke. While there are several ways to lower blood pressure, a new study led by Dr. Ashutosh Angrish, cardiologist at Sir Gangaram Hospital in Delhi, India, found that meditation can also decrease blood pressure in patients with hypertension.
The study examined the effect of meditation on the blood pressure of 60 patients with prehypertension. The patients were divided into two groups of 30 and one group practiced meditation for 3 months along with making lifestyle changes; the other group only made lifestyle changes. These lifestyle changes included moderate aerobic exercise, diet and stopping smoking.
The Mayo Clinic explains meditation as, “one of the most common styles of meditation, and beginners may like its slower pace and easier movements.” The core components of this type of meditation include poses, breathing and meditation or relaxation.
The study found that those who practiced meditation had significantly lower blood pressure than those in the control group who only made lifestyle changes. Their 24-hour diastolic blood pressure and nighttime diastolic blood pressure fell by about 4.5 mmHg, while the control group had no significant change in blood pressure.
Dr. Angrish explains that while these reductions appear to be minimal they, “could be clinically very meaningful because even a 2 mmHg decrease in diastolic blood pressure has the potential to decrease the risk of coronary heart disease by 6 percent and the risk of stroke and transient ischemic attack by 15 percent.”
So, if you find yourself struggling to keep your blood pressure under control, you may want to look into meditation . Incorporating meditation into your daily life can provide many other benefits as well, so be sure to find the practice that best suits your needs.