PET scans show Transcendental Meditation with cardiac rehabilitation increases blood flow to the heart

(Maharishi University of Management) Study finds coronary heart disease (CHD) patients who include Transcendental Meditation (TM) with cardiac rehabilitation (CR) increased blood flow to the heart by 20.7%. This was the first study to show TM significantly enhanced lifestyle modification in patients, and the first to use positron emission tomography (PET) to measure their effect on cardiac function and rehabilitation. The NIH-funded study was conducted at Columbia University Medical Center in collaboration with Maharishi University of Management Research Institute.
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