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Guided Meditation as an Adjunct to Enhance Postoperative Recovery

This is a prospective, randomized, controlled study involving 30 adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Investigators will test the feasibility of implementing a meditation program in the perioperative period. Patients will be randomized to one of three groups: those who complete Isha Kriya (IK) meditation before and after surgery, those who complete postoperative IK meditation only, and those who receive the standard of care with no meditation intervention. In addition to testing feasibility, the investigators will explore whether a meditation program can affect recovery after surgery. Patients enrolled will be followed postoperatively for up to one month to assess their cognitive function, pain, and sleep. Blood will also be collected for analysis of biomarkers of inflammation.