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Jan 13, 2014

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Effects on Coronary Heart Disease

"bringing a certain quality of attention to moment-by-moment experience"

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and high blood pressure have both been linked to psychological risk factors such as anxiety and depression. Research surrounding Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for both anxiety and depression suggests this may indirectly lower CHD levels as well for patients.

MBSR is a process of bringing a certain quality of attention to moment-by-moment experience through the practice of mindful meditation. MBSR has been well documented to improve the function of the immune system and helping people cope with chronic illness. Research published in the IJoy International Journal of Yoga examines the effectiveness of MBSR on the reduction of anxiety and depression leading to lowered CHD levels within the body. This randomized control trial included a regular medical intervention with monthly consultations with a cardiologist. Over the course of eight weeks all participants completed the trial.

Outcome measures were computed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Perceived Stress Scale, Blood Pressure, and Body Mass Index. It was concluded that all patients experienced a significant reduction in perceived anxiety and depression, lowered blood pressure, and maintained this after a three month follow-up.

Getting involved in MBSR therapies can be easy to do on your own or with a group. Choose between guided meditation, yoga, tai chi, chi gong, or any other mindful relaxation therapy you enjoy.

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