Monday, December 2, 2013

Music Can Affect Breathing and Blood Flow Rates

A small study in the journal Circulation, of 24 young and healthy adults, 24- to 26-years-old, found that listening to music can change breathing and blood flow rates.  It suggests that music therapy might benefit heart patients.  The participants in the study listened to selections of classical music and opera while doctors monitored their blood pressure, heart rates, and breathing rates.  Results show that music rising in volume narrowed blood vessels, increased blood pressure, heart rate, and the length of each breath.  During silent periods, the heart rate dropped indicating relaxation.  

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