A new study has disclosed that listening to some types of music could help patients suffering from heart disease to lessen their stress levels.
The study was conducted by scientists at Temple University in Philadelphia.
The researchers looked at over 1,400 patients and found that listening to certain kinds of music lowered blood pressure levels, pulse rate and anxiousness in patients having heart troubles.
The report, published in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library, said that the soothing effects were largest when the heart patients picked tunes of their choice.
Researcher Joke Bradt, assistant director of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University, said, So we do know from clinical experience that if people select music they like, and the music has sedative qualities such as slow tempo, predictable harmonies and absence of sudden changes, they will be better able to relax to the music.
The review viewed earlier studies on how music therapy has an effect on patients with heart disease, either during a cardiac procedure or within two days of hospitalization.
According to physicians, less strain decreases the likelihood of other symptoms produced by strain in heart patients.
However, researchers said that the topic needs further research.