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Listening to Music Can Help Against Heart Disease

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Can music help against coronary artery disease? A new study says yes.

Data from a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology evaluated the effects in 74 patients with so-termed stable CAD of listening to their favorite music and exercise training on endothelial function through changes of circulating blood markers of that function: the stable end products of nitric oxide (NOx), asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) and xanthine oxidase (XO)

According to presenter Professor Deljanin Ilic:

In the setting of cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular disease the endothelium loses its normal function. Since endothelium derived nitric oxide is necessary to maintain an adequate vascular response, correction of endothelial dysfunction has become a goal of therapy. Exercise training has been shown to improve endothelial function and is the cornerstone of a multifaceted programme of cardiovascular rehabilitation. However, little is known about the role of music in cardiovascular rehabilitation or the effects of listening to favorite music on endothelial function.

After three weeks, investigators found that the combination of music and exercise led to the highest improvement in endothelial function, and that irmprovement was further associated with a greater capacity to exercise.

Added Ilic:

Listening to favorite music alone and in addition to regular exercise training improves endothelial function and therefore may be an adjunct method in the rehabilitation of patients with CAD. There is no an 'ideal' music for everybody and patients should choose music which increases positive emotions and makes them happy or relaxed.

Source: MNT

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