This study will be a pilot prospective randomized study using a peer mentor with or without
Transcendental Meditation as compared to usual care for men and women with a new diagnosis of
coronary artery disease (CAD). The study is designed to explore between cohort comparisons of
perceived stress and a number of additional outcomes. The results of this pilot study will be
used in the design of larger future trials.
The target population is adult men and women with a new diagnosis of CAD made on the basis of
a myocardial infarction, coronary revascularization procedure, acute coronary syndrome, or
imaging test suggestive of CAD.
The overall hypothesis of this proposal is that the addition of a peer mentor and training in
Transcendental Meditation to usual care will improve perceived stress and medication
adherence for men and women with newly diagnosed CAD as compared with usual care.