(Ivanhoe Newswire) April 16, 2009 -- The sweet sound of music may
benefit heart patients who undergo treatment for their disease.
Researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia reviewed data from 23
studies that included nearly 1,500 patients. Two of the studies focused on
patients treated with trained music therapists, but most included patients
who listened to pre-recorded music on CDs.
Results showed listening to music decreased blood pressure, heart rate and
levels of anxiety in the heart patients. There was also some evidence to
suggest that the music improved mood in these patients. However, patients
who suffered depression as a result of the disease did not show improvements
"We all know that music can have an impact on our emotions, our
physiological responses, as well as our outlook on life, and this early
research shows that it is well worth finding out more about how it could
help heart disease patients," Joke Bradt, who works at the Arts and Quality
of Life Research Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., was
quoted as saying.
Bradt also added that researchers should investigate whether trained music
therapists offer different benefits than pre-recorded CDs.
SOURCE: Cochrane Systematic Review, 2009