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Thursday, May 22, 2008

High blood pressure? Listen to Music

Italian researchers have suggested that listening to music on a daily basis can considerably reduce ambulatory blood pressure (ABP).

According to a study presented at the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans, listening to classical, Celtic or Indian music for 30 minutes a day for one month is an effective method for reducing blood pressure in individuals with mild hypertension.

Findings showed the method resulted in a three-point drop in the patient's average systolic blood pressure and a four-point drop in the diastolic blood pressure.

The study revealed that listening to music could also slow breathing, which helps reduce the patient's pain and anxiety.

University of Florence scientists concluded that listening to music is a safe, effective and non-pharmacological treatment or a complementary one for hypertension.

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