(November 16, 2009 - Insidermedicine)
From Orlando - According to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, heart disease patients find their risk of heart attack, stroke and death drastically reduced if they practice transcendental meditation. For nine years, researchers studied over 200 adult men and women suffering from heart disease, randomly assigning one group to practice transcendental meditation and the other to take part in a dietary modification and exercise program. They found that patients who practiced transcendental meditation had a 47% lower rate of heart attacks, stokes and death when compared to the other group.
From Toronto - According to research published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, a recent international study of schizophrenia has revealed interesting similarities of the condition regardless of region, economy and culture. Studying over 17,000 schizophrenic patients in 37 different countries, researchers found the following: only 19% of patients were in paid employment; 62% reported sexual dysfunction; nearly 70% lived in dependent housing; and 74% were taking additional prescribed drugs along with their antipsychotic medication.
And finally, back to Orlando - Patients with heart failure and a normal left ventricular ejection fraction may find their heart rate has an impaired response to exercise, according to another report presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association. Researchers studied over 80 patients, comparing those who had heart failure and preserved LVEF and with a control group of healthy patients. Those with heart failure had lower peak heart rate response as well as lower change in heart rate during exercise when compared to the healthy group.