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Fight High Blood Pressure With Music

Don’t you feel better when you hear your favorite song? With 85 percent of primary care visits attributed in part to stress, it’s pretty exciting that stress symptoms such as high blood pressure, pain and more can be improved with music.

A recent study from Japan found that listening to your favorite tunes or enjoying humor can lower your blood pressure about as much as cutting down on salt in your diet or losing 10 pounds of weight.

Japanese researcher Eri Eguchi followed people ages 40 to 74 that participated in twice-monthly hour-long sessions designed to provide either a person’s favorite type of music, humorous story telling (they were also encouraged to listen to music often at home), or no therapy at all. By the end of three months, the individuals listening to music or humor lowered their average systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 5-6 points. Those people who didn’t listen to music or increase their laughter didn’t budge their blood pressure.

This study and other ones like it don’t suggest you can listen to music and not take blood pressure medication if your blood pressure is high. But lowering your blood pressure even 5-6 points might lower the amount of medication you require and small reductions in blood pressure of this amount can lower your risk of death from heart disease or stroke by 5 to 15 percent.

In a previous study from the University of Maryland by Dr. Michael Miller, listening to upbeat music improved the ability of blood vessels to expand 30 percent as blood passed through them. This is the opposite of hardening of the arteries, also called atherosclerosis.

We know that stress releases the adrenal stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline) and over time, those raging hormones raise blood pressure, increase asthma and eczema, lead to depression, and muscle pain. It also increases menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. What a wonderful thing that listening to music can reduce stress, blood pressure hot flashes and more.

That’s why I created a Relax: Instrumental Music CD. Listen below to one of the tracks made into a 3-minute music video of relaxing water scenes.

Click here to get instant access to a free 10 Top Stress Busters eBook.

Related:
8 Fun Ways to Manage Stress
10 Food Swaps to Lower Blood Pressure
The Power of Music

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Dr. Mache Seibel

Women's health expert and guest speaker Dr. Mache Seibel addresses consumers' critical needs from weight control to HRTmenopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for 19 years and is founder of My Menopause Magazine on the Apple Newsstand (http://bit.ly/MyMenoMag). Download the Free App and first Free issue. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. Visit his award-winning website DoctorSeibel.com to sign up for his free monthly newsletter.

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4:28PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

I love music from the 40s, 50's and 60s. I love a number of singers. I love some classical music. Mostly I love music I can sing out loud to. It always makes me feel good. I'm going to dig out my CD's and start listening to it again. I'm sure my new doctor will approve.

11:55AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

A OK

7:48AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Gonna keep this in mind for when that time comes for me...hope i'll be forgotten. Thanks for great info on Menopause!!!

7:01AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Thank you! I love music and humour.

5:47AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

i have always used music to calm me down. A hot bath,soft music,no lights on and just a or two candles and I am fast asleep.

5:44AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

interesting. i'll keep listening to music of my choice then! I'd say it has to do with the endorphins released whilst listening/partaking in something you enjoy. obviously more works has to be done, but it seems understanding it more is going in the right direction!

8:28AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thanks.

7:42AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

interesting research

6:48AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

interesting.

1:59AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

thanks for sharing

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