Music Improves Heart Function

In numerous studies, scientists report the benefits of music therapy for psychological and physiological well-being. Recent publications only confirm the positive effects of music on both overall health and cardiovascular function, reports Medicalxpress. 

Dr. David Alter, a cardiologist and senior researcher at the KITE Research Institute conducted an experiment in which he showed that music can distract from the pain caused by exercising.  "This is what makes exercise more productive when listening to the right music," notes the author of the publication. 

A 2020 study published in the Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery found that music can relieve pain, anxiety, and depression in people who have undergone coronary bypass surgery. 

Results of another paper presented at the American College of Cardiology Virtual Conference indicate that 30 minutes of listening to music reduces anxiety and chest pain in those who have had a heart attack. In addition, patients who took this practice daily for seven years had lower rates of cardiovascular mortality compared with those who did not. 

Scientific Reports published an article whose authors suggest that music therapy may make blood pressure medications more effective. 

David Alter believes that there are two points of view that explain the benefits of listening to music. According to the first, music itself can change the biochemistry in the body and stimulate hormones to lower blood pressure and normalize the heart rate. On the other hand, many experts believe that music affects our behavior, which in turn "modulates" heart muscle function. 

The latter argument is very important with regard to physical activity. "Exercise is closely related to the quality of life, and music can help with healthy lifestyle choices and improve heart function," Alter says.

Thus, music therapy is a critical component of active longevity. It helps combat chronic depression, pain, relieves stress, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. 

March 12, 2021, 10:56 a.m.

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