Melody medicine: Listening to music that you like can benefit heart health
How music can affect your health
This week: Tunes you like help your heart
LISTENING to music you enjoy makes your blood vessels widen, improving your circulation and heart health.
It leads to the release of chemical messenger dopamine that triggers endorphins. These cause the lining of blood vessels to release nitric oxide – which makes the vessels expand, says Michael Miller, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine in the US, who presented the study in 2008.
Music can also help heart attack patients, according to a 2020 study from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine in Serbia. It found that listening to music for 30 minutes a day reduced patients' feelings of anxiety and pain.
At the end of the seven-year study, the group was also 23 per cent less likely to have had a second heart attack.
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