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Listening to music can strengthen the heart

Published on 02/09/2013

Listening to your favourite music can improve the health of your heart and boost the recovery of patients suffering from cardiovascular disease, according to a European study.

Your favourite tunes could improve your heart's health

The study was conducted by Professor Marina Deljanin Ilic from Serbia and presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2013.

Researchers said the conclusion suggested that anyone could improve the health of their heart and increase their exercising capabilities just by listening to their favourite songs.

Volunteers who developed cardiac disease were split into three groups and enrolled into exercise groups. Some were told to listen to music of their own choice whilst exercising, some were told you just exercise and the third group were told to listen to just music without exercise.

After the three week trial the patients who had exercised and listened to music improved their exercise capacity by 39% compared to the other two groups.

Heart disease kills more than 150,000 people each year in the UK and is responsible for one in six of all male deaths.

Prof Ilic from the Institute of Cardiology, University of Nis, said: "When we listen to music we like then endorphins are released from the brain and this improves our vascular health.

“There is no 'best music' for everyone - what matters is what the person likes and makes them happy."

She added: “Exercise training has been shown to improve heart function and is the cornerstone of a multifaceted programme of cardiovascular rehabilitation.

“However, little is known about the role of music in cardiovascular rehabilitation or the effects of listening to favourite music on endothelial function.”

Some health insurance policies can include comprehensive heart cover if you are concerned by cardiovascular disease.

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