21 June 2016
A new study has offered evidence that listening to classical music can help to address signs of hypertension.
Conducted by Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, the research has indicated that the music of classical composers Mozart and Strauss can serve to lower blood lipid concentrations and heart rates.
For this study, 120 participants were enrolled, with half of them exposed to music by Mozart, Strauss or Abba for 25 minutes, while the remaining 60 subjects spent the same amount of time in silence.
The classical music was shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, whereas Abba's pop music had no such effect. In the control group, resting in a supine position also resulted in a drop in blood pressure, but less pronounced than among those listening to the classical music.
It was also shown that all musical genres resulted in notably lower cortisol concentrations, with the drop being more pronounced in men than in women, especially after exposure to the Mozart and Strauss music.
Comparison with the control group showed the effect of music was far greater than that of silence, underlining the potential benefits music therapy can provide.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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