Music Keeps Heartbeat Humming

Posted on October 1, 2005 

Music Keeps Heartbeat Humming

New research shows that slow music produces a relaxing effect, while musical pauses further modulate heart rhythms and circulation patterns in a beneficial way. The effects were most striking for those people who have musical training.

“Calm music with a slow tempo can entrain respiration to produce slower breathing,” said study senior author Dr. Peter Sleight, of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Oxford in England. “This is the first study to show that breathing can be easily entrained (and subconsciously) using music.”

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