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Distance Learning: The Use of Stress Management to Reduce Hypertension and CVD

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Kofi A. Kondwani

, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor and Director of Cultural Competency Programs


Kofi A. Kondwani, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the


Departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia USA. 

Sponsor: SPCC Atlanta AHEC

Session Description:

This session will discuss the mental, psychological, physiological, and social precursors to CVD and relate excessive stress to the development of CVD. It will discuss how rest is the opposite of stress and associate accessing deeper levels of rest through CRM with stress reduction. Finally, it will discuss how individuals can consciously rest to decrease stress and improve CVD outcomes.

Session Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify stressors as a precursor to CVD
  2. Relate rest as the opposite of stress
  3. Know the components of Consciously Resting Meditation (CRM)
  4. Associate deep rest through CRM with stress release

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