30 Minutes Of Music A Day Is Very Good For Your Heart

If you love listening to your favorite music, here’s another good reason to make it a part of your daily routine.

A recent study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session, revealed that listening to 30 minutes of music a day may help counteract the strain put on the heart by the body’s sympathetic nervous system, the driver of our fight-or-flight response during a stressful event.

The Study And Its Findings

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The study included 350 participants who had suffered a heart attack and experienced anxiety and chest pain that usually follows. Apart from standard medications, half of these participants were also asked to listen to music that they found soothing, for 30-minute sessions every day.

The results of this study suggested that the patients who had listened to music every day, had significantly lower levels of anxiety, pain-sensation and distress.

Over the course of the study, which lasted 7 years, they also showed significantly lower rates of other heart conditions, which included 18% fewer cases of heart failure, 23% fewer subsequent heart attacks, 20% lower rate of needing a bypass surgery and 16% lower cardiac death rate.

How Does Music Affect The Heart?

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When a person faces a stressful situation, the body’s sympathetic nervous system kickstarts the fight-or-flight response, leading to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Every such stressful episode puts added strain on the cardiovascular system. Unrelieved anxiety can result in an increase in sympathetic nervous system activity and which in turn can increase the cardiac workload.

This is where regular sessions of listening to music come in – reducing anxiety and interrupting this cascade of events.

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Even Ayurveda recommends incorporating calming, passive activities like listening to music to slow the body down and prepare it for a restful night.

It might be a good idea then, to rejig your evenings to include dim lights and your favorite music – and listen on, to your heart’s content!

References:

American College of Cardiology. (2020, March 18). Music as medicine? 30 minutes a day shows benefits after heart attack: Daily music sessions found to reduce anxiety, pain and subsequent heart problems. American College of Cardiology. Retrieved April 5, 2020 from https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2020/03/18/09/02/music-as-medicine-30-minutes-a-day-shows-benefits-after-heart-attack