Music Improves Effects of Anti-Hypertensive Drugs
Researchers reveal that music improves effects of anti-hypertensive drugs, according to a study conducted on April 16, 2018.
According to the study, the beneficial effects of medication is improved by listening to music just after the medication is taken for controlling blood pressure. Studies related to the effects of music on the heart was begun by the researchers a few years ago and had found that heart rate is low while listening to classical music.
The principal investigator of the FAPESP-funded project SAID, “We’ve observed classical music activating the parasympathetic nervous system and reducing sympathetic activity.” The autonomic nervous system consists of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The functions of sympathetic nervous system includes accelerating heart rate, constricting blood vessels, and raising blood pressure. The parasympathetic nervous system controls the body at rest, slowing the heart, lowering blood pressure, and stabilizing blood sugar and adrenaline.
Furthermore, the effects of musical stimulation on heart rate was studied by the researchers. An experiment was conducted by the researchers to measure the effects of musical auditory stimulus associated with anti-hypertensive medication on heart rate and blood pressure. For this, 37 patients with well-controlled hypertension were included in the experiment. These patients have been undergoing anti-hypertensive treatment for between six months and a year. On two random days, measurements of the patients were taken with time gap of 48 hours.
Patients listened to instrumental music via earphones for 60 minutes after taking their usual oral anti-hypertensive medication on the first day. On the other day, they underwent the same research protocol without the earphones. The collected data was analyzed by the researchers and found that heart rate was low in people who listened to music 60 minutes after medication, as compared to people who did not listen to music after the medication. Vitor Engrácia Valenti, coordinator of the study said, “We found that the effect of anti-hypertension medication on heart rate was enhanced by listening to music.”
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