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Listening to music relaxes

Listening to 30 minutes of music every day may reduce high blood pressure, according to researchers at the University of Florence, Italy.

The music study

Researchers studied 48 patients with mild hypertension on blood pressure lowering medication.

Half of the patients listened to 30 minutes a day of classical, Celtic or raga music for 4 weeks. The patients also conducted slow, controlled abdominal breathing exercises whilst listening to the music.

The study results revealed a significant systolic blood pressure reduction in those patients who had been listening to music daily of: 3.2 mm Hg and 4.4 mm Hg at one and four weeks respectively.

Researchers conclusions

“Listening to music is soothing and has often been associated with controlling patient-reported pain or anxiety and acutely reducing blood pressure,” reported Prof Modesti of University of Florence.

“But for the first time, today’s results clearly illustrate the impact daily music listening has on ambulatory blood pressure. 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.”

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