The power of music is being researched - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/09

The power of music is being researched

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new study finds music can have a physical effect on heart rate and blood flow, opening the door for new treatments for heart disease and stroke.

The calming sound of the harp may be helping these patients in their recovery effort. In a new study, Italian researchers measured the physical response of 24 participants had to classical music. The researchers found every crescendo, or volume increase, caused blood vessels to narrow, and an increase in blood pressure and heart rate.

However, when there was a pause in the music or the volume in the song decreased, blood vessels dilated improving blood flow, and heart rate and blood pressure went down significantly. Experts say more studies are needed, but they hope a combination of loud and soft music can help patients recovering from a stroke or heart disease.

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