Usefulness of the transcendental meditation program in the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease

Am J Cardiol. 1996 Apr 15;77(10):867-70. doi: 10.1016/S0002-9149(97)89184-9.


Twenty-one patients with documented coronary artery disease were tested at baseline by exercise tolerance testing, and assigned to either stress reduction using the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program or to a wait-list control, After 8 months, the TM group had a 14.7% increase in exercise tolerance, an 11.7% increase in maximal workload, an 18% delay in onset of ST-segment depression, and significant reductions in rate-pressure product at 3 and 6 minutes, and at maximal exercise compared with the control group.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Angina Pectoris / therapy
  • Coronary Disease / physiopathology
  • Coronary Disease / psychology
  • Coronary Disease / therapy*
  • Exercise Test
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Meditation*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prospective Studies
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Treatment Outcome