Music Helps Cardiovascular System: Heart Disease Patients Show Improvements In Health After Listening To Favorite Tunes

By iScience Times Staff on September 2, 2013 8:51 PM EDT

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Music helps the cardiovascular system, say researchers in Serbia. (Photo: Flickr/RelaxingMusic)

Listening to good tunes isn't just good for the soul; it's also good for your heart. According to a new study on cardiovascular health, music helps patients of heart disease recover faster, and can even strengthen the hearts of healthy people.

Researchers from the University of Nis in Serbia studied 74 heart disease patients, some of who were exercising and listening to music, others who were just listening to music, and some who were not doing either. The group that exercised and listened to music showed a significant boost in critical indicators of heart health.

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"Listening to favorite music alone and in addition to regular exercise training improves endothelial function and therefore may be an adjunct method in the rehabilitation of patients with coronary artery disease," Professor Delijanin Ilic, the lead investigator on the study for how music helps the cardiovascular system, said during a conference in Amsterdam. "There is no 'ideal' music for everybody and patients should choose music which increases positive emotions and makes them happy or relaxed."

The Telegraph reports that even people who don't have heart disease problems can benefit their cardiovascular systems by listening to music.  

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