The Effects of Music on Heart Patients Uncertain

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The stress reducing effects of music on medical and general populations is well documented. However, it is uncertain whether soothing music has any notable effect on patients with coronary heart disease; a therapeutic affect may be present but currently results are unclear. Researchers commenting on the potential for stress reducing effects of music on coronary heart disease patients said, “The quality of the evidence is not strong and the clinical significance unclear.”

Coronary heart disease patients could definately benefit from stress reduction as this populace encounters stress from diagnosis, treatment procedures, and from fear of an uncertain future that causes the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which increase heart rate, respiration, oxygen demand, blood pressure and anxiety levels in general.

It was clear to the researchers that more study should be conducted to measure the relationship between soothing music and stress relief in coronary heart disease patients after a systematic review of 23 randomized clinical trials covering the content area yielded uncertain results. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses the findings more.

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