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PET links meditation to improved myocardial blood flow

Researchers who used PET found that individuals with coronary heart disease who practiced transcendental meditation in addition to cardiac rehabilitation and those who practiced meditation alone had a 20.7% and 12.8% increase in myocardial blood flow, respectively, compared with a 5.8% increase among those who received cardiac rehab alone and a 10.3% decline among those who received standard treatment. The findings in a nuclear cardiology journal suggest that meditation be considered in heart health programs, but more studies are needed, said study co-author Dr. Robert Schneider.

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