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5215 Monticello Ave. Suite A Williamsburg, VA 23188

Holistic Heart Disease Prevention

Meditation and Heart Health

MeditationA mind-body practice long used to calm the mind, meditation may benefit your heart.

How Can Meditation Help Your Heart?

Meditation is thought to reduce stress, a risk factor for heart disease. There’s some evidence that meditation may rev up activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is involved in lowering blood pressure and heart rate during periods of relaxation.

The Science Behind Meditation and Heart Health

To date, most of the data on meditation and heart health comes from relatively small studies. For instance, a 2006 study of 62 adults found that mindfulness meditation may help lower blood pressure and increase respiratory sinus arrhythmia (a measure of parasympathetic nervous system activity). Published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, the study found that meditation had a greater effect on heart health than progressive muscle relaxation. In addition, a 2010 study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that three one-hour mindfulness meditation sessions decreased heart rate, improved mood, and eased fatigue. (The study involved 82 people with no prior experience in meditation.)

Several studies have focused on the heart health benefits of transcendental meditation, a type of meditation that involves repeating a mantra. In a 2002 report from the journal Australian Family Physician, for example, researchers analyzed the available research on transcendental mediation’s cardiovascular effects and found that the practice may help keep blood pressure in check, fight atherosclerosis, improve the health of heart disease patients, and promote smoking cessation.

Should You Use Meditation to Fight Heart Disease?

Taking up meditation may have a positive impact on your overall health, due to its stress-reducing benefits. Mind-body practices like yoga and tai chi may also help alleviate your stress. If you have a heart condition, talk to your doctor about how to incorporate meditation into your health routine.

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5215 Monticello Ave. Suite A
Williamsburg, VA 23188
1-757-229-1440

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Dear valued patient:

Thank you for entrusting Dr. Anh Campbell and Dr. William Beneke with your care over the past years at Advanced Cardiovascular Institute. With Dr. Campbell’s retirement, Dr. William Beneke has decided to move the practice and join TPMG Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, effective December 1, 2022. The new address will be: 

TPMG Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center
5424 Discovery Park Boulevard
Building B, Suite 203
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 565-0600

Your medical records will be transferred automatically to TPMG, as their electronic medical record system can facilitate that seamlessly. If you choose to transition your care outside of TPMG, you may contact the new office or TPMG Medical Records Department at (757) 232-8840 to obtain the necessary paperwork to proceed with a release or go to  https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/release-of-information/.

Sincerely,

Dr. Anh Campbell
Dr. William Beneke