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Music can boost heart function, says research

By Catherine Wylie

Listening to your favourite music is beneficial if you suffer from heart disease, a study suggests.

Music and exercise training combined produced the most benefit, according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

A total of 74 patients with cardiac disease were divided into three groups. Patients in two of the groups underwent three weeks of supervised aerobic exercise training at a residential centre.

In addition, patients in one of the above groups listened to their favourite music for 30 minutes every day.

The third group of patients did not exercise and received usual community care and listened to their favourite music for 30 minutes every day.

At the end of the trial, the patients who had combined music and exercise had significantly boosted measures of heart function, as well as improving their exercise capacity by 39%.

The group which only took aerobic exercise improved their capacity by 29%. Even the group which took no exercise and only listened to their favourite music for half an hour a day improved their exercise function by 19%.

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