Blood Pressure Drugs Work Best with Musical Accompaniment

06:15 EDT 17 Apr 2018 | Genetic Engineering News

Listening to music heightens the beneficial effects of blood pressure–lowering drugs, according to the results of a study by scientists in Brazil and the U.K. The team, coordinated by Vitor Engrácia Valenti, Ph.D., a professor in the Speech Language Pathology Department of UNESP Marília's School of Philosophy & Sciences (FFC) in Brazil, found that hypertension patients who listened to music immediately after taking their regular blood pressure medications experienced greater reductions in heart rate and blood pressure than control patients who didn’t listen to music. “We observed that music improved heart rate and enhanced the effect of antihypertensives for about an hour after they were administered," Dr. Valenti states. The researchers, including academic teams in Brazil and at Oxford Brookes University (U.K.), report on the studies in Scientific Reports , in a paper entitled “ Musical Auditory Stimulus Acutely Influences Heart Rate Dynamic Responses to Medication in Subjects ...

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