Hypertension can be caused or aggravated by stress and, for this reason, it is often associated with PTS. Over the last thirty years, a number of studies, including half a dozen funded by the NIH, have shown that the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is effective at reducing blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. In 2013, the American Heart Association published a review of complementary approaches to reducing hypertension. They concluded, based on existing research, that Transcendental Meditation is the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure(Hypertension, 61:00, April, 2013).
Changes in Blood Pressure
Meta-Analysis of Stress Reduction Programs in Patients with High Blood Pressure
Reduced Rates of Death, Heart Attack, and Stroke
“There have been lots of studies looking at TM. Without any question it seems to reduce blood pressure as much as many prescription medications. And if I can give you a solution that reduces blood pressure, which is the number one cause of aging, that doesn’t require medication I think we ought to take advantage of it.” —Dr. Mehmet Oz
“Physically, my blood pressure has improved, my headaches have diminished and the anxiety attacks have gone. I have not had the chest pain I used to feel.” —Veteran