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Reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression, blood pressure in patients with coronary heart disease.

Parswani, M. J., Sharma, M. P., & Iyengar, S. S. (2013). Mindfulness-based stress reduction program in coronary heart disease: A randomized control trial. International Journal of Yoga, 6(2), 111. Full text.

From the Abstract: Psychological risk factors such as anxiety and depression have been associated with coronary heart disease (CHD). Stress can have an impact on the risk factors for the disease, such as high blood pressure (BP), physical inactivity and being overweight.

Thirty male patients, age range (30-65 years) with CHD were randomly allocated to either [treatment and control] group. The therapeutic program comprised eight weekly sessions of structured MBSR intervention for the MBSR group and one health education session for the [control] group. Regular medical intervention and monthly consultations with the cardiologist were consistent for both groups.

All patients completed intervention in the MBSR group. Significant reduction was observed in symptoms of anxiety and depression, perceived stress, BP and BMI in patients of the MBSR group after the completion of intervention assessment. At 3-month follow-up, therapeutic gains were maintained in patients of the MBSR group.

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