Enjoying music has health benefits - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/1/09

Enjoying music has health benefits

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - According to a new study at the University of Maryland, researchers are testing the effects of music on blood vessels. They are not just testing easy listening but country, rap, rock and every other kind of music.

Dr. Michael Miller, a cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center says, "What we found was that listening to music that we enjoy, and I think that is the critical component here, really seems to boost our blood vessel dilation." He goes on to say, "It's not only causing the blood vessel to dilate, but it also affects the way platelets clump together, so it reduces clot formation."

Whatever the music, researchers found it did more than just make people feel good. It relaxed blood vessels and increased blood flow, similar to what happens during aerobic exercise. Likewise, the study found music that irritates you can have the opposite effect, like making you anxious on the inside as well. So, besides eating right and exercising, this study found that listening to your favorite music may be another good prescription for heart health.

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