Music soothes the soul but it also improves the effects of blood pressure medication.
Patients on medication to reduce their blood pressure had an improved heart rate when they also listened to music.
Classical music was the best choice for lowering the heart rate.
The study at the Sao Paulo State University in Brazil found that “music improved the heart rate and enhanced the effect of anti-hypertensives ”.
This follows previous research at the university, which showed that classical music on its own tended to lower the heart rate.
The tests were carried out on patients who had been on medication to reduce their high blood pressure for between six months and a year.
The patients listened to instrumental music for 60 minutes both with and without headphones.
The study showed the heart rate diminished significantly 60 minutes after medication when patients listened to the music and did not fall as significantly without the music.
The researchers believe that music stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the body at rest, slows the heart, lowers blood pressure and stabilizes blood sugar and adrenaline.
They also believe that the music increases the absorption of anti-hypertensive medication and intensifies the effect on the heart rate.
The study, part of a project supported by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, was published in Scientific Reports.