Source: British Heart Foundation
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Date of publication: June 2016
Publication type: News item
In a nutshell: A small study has found that listening to Mozart for 25 minutes could reduce your blood pressure. Is it time for doctors to prescribe a daily dose of classical music? We look behind the headlines.
The research, published in the journal Deutsches Arzteblatt International found that listening to music by Mozart (pictured) and Strauss for 25 minutes lowered both systolic blood pressure (this is when your heart contracts and blood is forced through the arteries) and diastolic blood pressure (when the heart is at rest between beats). If they regularly listened to Mozart, Strauss or ABBA it still reduced their blood pressure in the study.
However, it’s important to note that this study was very small – it looked at just 120 people, of which half were the control group who didn’t listen to music, so only 20 people were in each group that listened to each musician (Mozart, Strauss, or ABBA).
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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation