Music and exercise can help lower blood pressure and reduce risks of heart disease.
Listening to your favorite music is beneficial if you suffer from heart disease, a major cause of which is high blood pressure. According to new research patients suffering from heart disease will benefit by listening to their favorite music and by exercising.
A study involving 74 patients with cardiac disease were divided into three groups. Patients in two of the groups did three weeks of supervised aerobic exercise training. One group not only trained, but listened to their favorite music for 30 minutes every day. The third group did not exercise, received usual community care and listened to their favorite music for 30 minutes every day.
Results showed that the patients who had combined music and exercise had “significantly boosted measures of heart function, as well as improving their exercise capacity by 39 percent. The group which only took aerobic exercise improved their capacity by 29 percent. Even the group which took no exercise and only listened to their favorite music for half an hour a day improved their exercise function by 19 percent.”
Lead researcher, Professor Marina Deljanin Ilic from Serbia, said improvements in endothelial function, which improves patients’ exercise capacity, caused the positive impact of combining exercise and listening to music ─ not just any music, but that which “increases positive emotions and makes them happy or relaxed.”
Endothelial cells release both relaxing and contracting factors that modulate vascular smooth muscle tone and also participate in the pathophysiology of high blood pressure. Several studies have suggested targeting endothelial dysfunction to treat hypertension.
This is not the first research to prove the positive effect of music on controlling high blood pressure as well as stress. RESPeRATE is the first medical device clinically proven to lower blood pressure. A device user puts on headphones and attaches a sensor around the chest. The sensor automatically analyzes the person’s breathing pattern and creates a personalized melody composed of two distinct inhale and exhale guiding tones. By simply listening to the melody, the body’s natural tendency to follow external rhythms enables the user to easily synchronize their breathing with the tones. Within a few minutes, the muscles surrounding the small blood vessels in the body relax, blood flows more freely, and blood pressure is significantly reduced.