Listening to the right kind of music can slow the heart and lower blood pressure, a study has revealed.
Rousing operatic music full of crescendos and decrescendos is best and could help stroke rehabilitation, say the authors.
Music is already used holistically at the bedside in many hospitals.
Not only is it cheap and easy to administer, music has discernable physical effects on the body as well as mood, journal reports.
Music with faster tempos increases breathing, heart rate and blood pressure, while slower-pace music does the reverse.
Music induces a continuous, dynamic - and to some extent predictable - change in the cardiovascular system.
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