September 2, 2013 19:32

Cardiologists say listening to music is good for the heart

A clinical trial found that music boosts exercise capacity

Cardiologists say listening to music is good for the heart

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A new study has found that listening to music is good for your heart.

The report, which was delivered at the European Society of Cardiology's annual congress in Amsterdam, showed that music aided the recovery of patients with heart disease, and some cardiologists have also said that everyone can help their heart health by listening to music, reports the Telegraph.

The trial saw 74 people with cardiac disease put into three groups. Two groups took exercise classes for three weeks with one group also asked to listen to any music of their choosing for half an hour a day. A third and final group did not take part in any exercise, but simply listened to music. The group who listened to music and exercised improved their exercise capacity by 39 per cent and also showed significant, positive changes in heart function.

Meanwhile, the group who just exercised improved their capacity by 29 per cent and the group who didn't exercise at all, only listened to music, still improved their function by 19 per cent.

Prof Delijanin Ilic from the Institute of Cardiology, University of Nis, Serbia, said that it doesn't matter what music you listen to – just as long as you enjoy it: "When we listen to music we like then endorphins are released from the brain and this improves our vascular health. There is no 'best music' for everyone - what matters is what the person likes and makes them happy."

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