LISTENING TO MUSIC REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE

Listening to just 30 minutes of rhythmically homogeneous music (such as classical, Celtic or raga music) every day significantly reduces ambulatory high blood pressure, according to research presented at the American Society of Hypertension’s Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition.

“Listening to music is soothing and has often been associated with controlling patient-reported pain or anxiety and acutely reducing blood pressure,” notes study investigator, Pietro A. Modesti, MD, PhD. “But for the first time, today’s results clearly illustrate the impact daily music listening has on ABP. We are excited about the positive implications for both patients and physicians, who can now confidently explore music listening as a safe, effective, non-pharmacological treatment option or a complement to therapy.”

Source:
ASH – May 14, 2008. www.ash-us.org

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