Bach or heavy metal help prevent cardiovascular diseases
People with high blood pressure are often recommended classical music because of its therapeutic effect. But according to a study, heavy metal has a similar positive effect on the heart and circulation as music by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Effect of music comparable to medication Listening to certain composers could possibly help to reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases. At the University Hospital Marienhospital Herne, a small study with 60 participants showed that when listening to the orchestra study No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach, for example, blood pressure and heart rate dropped. As reported by the German High Pressure League (DHL), the baroque sounds lowered the subjects' blood pressure by an average of 7.5 mm Hg systolic and 4.9 mm Hg diastolic, the heart rate by about seven beats per minute. These are relatively good values compared to what can be achieved with medication. The blood pressure and heart rate of the participants rose again after the sonication.
Lowering blood pressure with heavy metal But hearing heavy metal can also have such positive effects on blood pressure, as scientists around Prof. Hans-Joachim Trappe from the Ruhr University Bochum have observed. "Interestingly, we were also able to demonstrate lowering blood pressure in heavy metal music," said the study leader. However, it depends heavily on individual preferences which music style affects how blood pressure. Both genres were anti-hypertensive.
Music affects the nervous system. Hypertension is one of the risk factors for stroke and heart attack. According to various studies, music affects the vegetative nervous system, which also controls the cardiovascular system. As a result, according to Trappe, music also indirectly affects the heart and respiratory rate. According to the German Hypertension League, apart from Bach, Mozart, Handel, Corelli, Albinoni and Tartini in particular are recommended composers for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Their music is considered to be much more predictable and less excited than that of the 20th century. It is not yet so far that music is now replacing existing medicines for cardiovascular diseases as a “drug”. This depends on further investigations. "First of all, a pioneering 'musical parameter' of a cardiovascular effect has to be recognized," explains Trappe. (ad)
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