Who does not listen to music? Music lovers would be glad to hear that listening to music, specially our favourite tunes, strengthens our heart.
A study of 74 patients with heart disease, done at Europe, revealed that music can in fact strengthen the heart as well as improve the recovery of a patient suffering from heart disease. Patients with heart disease were divided into three groups. Some were enrolled in exercise classes for three weeks.
Second group of patients were put in the same classes, but also told to listen to music of their choice at any point for 30 minutes every day. A third group only listened to music and did not take exercise.
After three weeks of supervised trial, patients of first group, who were only taking exercise, improved their exercise capacity by 29%. But patients of second group who had listened to music as well as exercised had boosted measures of heart function significantly and improved their exercise capacity by 39%. The third group of patients who took no exercise only listened to their favourite music for half an hour a day improved their exercise function by 19%.
Professor Delijanin Ilic, cardiologist of University of Nis, Serbia, the lead investigator said: “When we listen to music we like then endorphins are released from the brain which improves our vascular health. Music without word, possibly have more beneficial impact on heart. There is no ideal music for everybody and patients should choose music which increase positive emotions and makes them happy or relaxed.”
There are also other studies showing some types of music like heavy metal are not as good for heart as the classical, soft music.