Your Favorite Song May Help Heal What Ails You

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There is new scientific evidence to support your desire to listen to your favorite music every day...

Yes, Dr. Michael Miller, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland studied the effect of music on your heart and presented his findings at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association.

His research found that when people listen to music they like, their blood vessels dilate much as they do when laughing, exercising, or even when taking prescribed medications. 

This is great news because, as you may know, when your blood vessels dilate, they open up to allow your blood to flow more smoothly.  When your blood is allowed to flow smoothly, its less likely clot and you're at a much lower risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular problems.    

While this is not reason enough to stop taking your medications (please don't do that), it is "music to the ears" of a cardiologist and holistic health practitioner like me because it provides scientific evidence of yet another natural way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems. 

For years I’ve been telling my patients suffering with high blood pressure to listen to music and the results have been quite successful. 

Many of them choose to listen to classical scores like Brandenburg Concerto and compositions of Maurice Ravel and Mahler Gustav and some have commented that they don’t really know why they’re drawn to these pieces.  Research suggests that this attraction is because those songs have a beat that’s in the 60 to 140 range, which is a cadence similar to that of a heart beat and is, therefore, quite soothing to the listener.

It’s also interesting to note that we’re often drawn to the type of music we heard while in our mother’s womb, as it brings back pleasant memories.

I firmly believe that a half hour each day spent listening to your favorite tunes is not only relaxing, but also reduces heart risk factors and is good for your overall health.  To read more about avoiding heart risk factors, visit

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