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Old 11-17-2008, 07:59 PM   #1
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Music makes your blood vessels relax

A researcher decided to see what activities in our daily life makes blood vessels dilate which helps decrease our b/p.

He got a group of healthy adults together & had them listen for an hour to their favorite music that they had brought.

Then he had them listen to music that made them anxious for 1/2 hr. My husband has some classical music like that.

He used ultrasound to track the blood vessel dilation. He did a baseline blood vessel evaluation first.

Guess what? There was a 26 % increase in blood vessel dilation when they listened to their favorite music. He also found a similar increase when laughter was used instead of music.

In constrast, when they listened to music that make them anxious then their arteries constricted or narrowed.

I used to always listen to music on my walks until I finally got my husband to start walking. But I'm starting to dig the music out again because he doesn't like to talk much anyhow & it's getting cold so he'll be staying inside where it is warm.

Dilating your blood vessels helps keep them elastic & prevents hardening of the arteries.

Looks like music is going to be on Santa's list for me. Oh, & XM radio is a good source of music & they even have Opera now. I love 50's music, opera, folk music, bands, Beetle's etc. Need to find more music to listen to. Maybe we should go around with a headset all day instead of taking our meds .

What else naturally dilates our blood vessels? A hot bath, but if you stay in too long the vessels constrict. I think 20-25 min. is the limit. I always do a hot bath if possible when I get stressed out.

Any other ideas? Fam

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Old 11-18-2008, 07:31 PM   #2
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Re: Music makes your blood vessels relax

Interesting stuff. The role of noise and stress in BP is becoming better known, and music and other media with it. I have read where tv and movies can send one's BP up or down, so not surprised that music can. What a great form of therapy!


Old 11-18-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
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I forgot to mention that the info was from Dr. Dean Edell a few days ago. I wonder what would happen if I went in with my headseat listening to my favorite music when I have my next Dr's appointment. One time I went in with an ice cream cone & my b/p was perfect. As you know I often get spikes at the Dr's offices. Fam

TV shows are often a problem & even being at the movies which is a rare event for me. I always carry super duber ear plugs in my purse & I can still hear the movie. Fam

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