Changes in heart rate variability during concentration meditation

Int J Cardiol. 2008 Nov 28;130(3):481-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2007.06.103. Epub 2007 Aug 30.


This study aims at investigating changes in heart rate variability (HRV) measured during meditation. The statistical and spectral measures of HRV from the RR intervals were analyzed. Results indicate that meditation may have different effects on health depending on frequency of the resonant peak that each meditator can achieve. The possible effects may concern resetting baroreflex sensitivity, increasing the parasympathetic tone, and improving efficiency of gas exchange in the lung.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Autonomic Nervous System / physiology*
  • Heart Rate / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Meditation*