How can mindfulness help after a heart attack?
Research presented at the European Society of Cardiology shows that 15 minutes a day of mindfulness meditation improves the quality of life and reduces fear of movement in people who’ve experienced a heart attack.
Mindfulness can take a number of forms, and helps to focus awareness on being in the present moment and acknowledging and accepting current thoughts and feelings. The psychological benefits of meditation have been recognised for a long time.
There’s an increasing awareness that experiencing a heart attack has both physical and emotional consequences. That’s why cardiac rehabilitation programs are beginning to incorporate mindfulness alongside physical exercises.
The British Heart Foundation has developed a 6-minute mindfulness and meditation exercise if you would like to try it:
This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.