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6th October, 2017
Meditation is a useful adjunct to heart-healthy lifestyle and medical treatment
Dr KK Aggarwal
In a new scientific statement, the American Heart Association (AHA) has included meditation as an adjunct to recommended heart-healthy lifestyle and medical treatment.
 
The statement published September 28, 2017 in the Journal of the American Heart Association reviewed studies of sitting meditation, including a variety of common forms such as: Samatha; Vipassana (Insight Meditation); Mindful Meditation; Zen Meditation (Zazen); Raja Yoga; Loving-Kindness (Metta); Transcendental Meditation; and Relaxation Response. Combination mind-body practices, such as yoga and Tai Chi, as the physical activity in these practices has an established positive impact on the risk of heart disease.
 
Overall, the studies included in the review indicated a possible benefit on cardiovascular risk. It was found that meditation may be associated with decreased levels of stress, anxiety and depression, and improved quality of sleep and overall well-being; may help lower blood pressure; may help individuals stop smoking and may lower risk of heart attack (AHA News Release, Sept 28, 2017).
 
Stress increases the risk for heart disease as it may encourage behaviors that increase their risk for heart disease such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, physical inactivity and overeating 'comfort foods'. It's very important therefore to manage stress.
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PHM this year is focusing on dance and music as a means to good health through various activities
Children from schools and colleges alike participate in huge numbers in this one-of-a- kind event

New Delhi October 05, 2017: Heart Care Foundation of India, a leading national non-profit organization committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation on the 2nd day of its annual flagship event- MTNL Perfect Health Mela (PHM) organized a plethora of activities for school and college students. Among the events were the National Harmony and Eco-Festival, the Divya Jyoti and Medico Masti Youth Competitions, and Heritage - a series of National Classical Dance Competitions. The Mela is being organized at the Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. Thousands of school and college students participated in the events.
 
The PHM uses infotainment to spread health awareness among the masses. This is a new concept of spreading health education where knowledge is interlinked with entertainment. The highlight of these competitions and other events this year is the fact that even dance and music have been used to show how these art forms benefit health.
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