Music and soul: a healing effect.

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Music and soul: a healing effect.

A few weeks ago, we put a pacemaker in an old cowboy who spent most of his time at work and had little time with the doctor.

He told me before he started, “I hate to admit it, but I’m really nervous. Please don’t tell anyone. ”

I asked him what his favorite music was, and not surprisingly, he named some of the classic country singers. The next thing he heard was, “hello, my name is Johnny cash.”

“It’s more like,” he replied.

We gave him a sedative, so he didn’t remember a lot of heart surgery, but the first thing he did in rehab was “I’m sure like John Cash.”

To me, it’s amazing that the combination of fear, stress and anesthesia, the heart’s reliance on music, brings comfort.

Music is body and mind.

I really don’t have a good way to play, and if I don’t have anyone to keep my voice, people can confuse my song with the call of the elk. Despite my own talent flaws, I really appreciate those music talents. With music being a companion for the first time, I can buy a SONY walkman and my first cassette at any time.

Music can provide peace and happiness, and it can be exhilarating. It gives you extra motivation, you need to run another mile or lift another group of weights. Music can be mentally prepared to dance to the beat, or just provide a few hours of entertainment. I think for many of us, music is deeply ingrained in our lives.

Since this is a heart column, the natural question is: what does music do to the heart, reducing disease and hopefully improving long-term health and longevity? Music’s impact on the heart was the subject of an editorial in the European heart journal in September 2015, which highlighted the value of music in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

Music unconsciously influences our bodies.

Our bodies and minds immediately recognize the existence of music. When people listened to music, their heart rate increased compared to those who remained silent. While listening to calm, peaceful music, the increase is likely to be small and may be very high when listening to music. The beat seems to fit into our subconscious, our psychic reactions. We can even breathe more quickly when we first reach all kinds of music.

When we look at music, no matter what type music is, the effect can be measured in the heart. Usually, our hearts are constantly stimulated and relaxed. The sympathetic nervous system (epinephrine) improves our heart rate and heart contraction or squeezing, while the parasympathetic nervous system slows the heart and helps it relax. Music can change the autonomic balance of the heart and the effects of these two nervous systems in a healthy way.

For me, listening to heavy metal doesn’t bring peace, peace and calm. I don’t mind this type of music, because that’s what we heard in high school. But for a heavy metal lover, listening to heavy metal can be calm, healthy and helpful. This is not the music type you like, but how it makes you feel. The stress reduction of music can be measured directly, as they develop a healthier immune system and release less stress-related hormones, such as cortisol.

Music alleviates anxiety in the heart process.

People with heart disease usually have higher levels of anxiety. In fact, anxiety is the main symptom of heart palpitations due to abnormal heart rhythm. When heart patients listen to music over time, their heart rate and blood pressure levels may decline.

Listening to music during heart surgery, such as catheterization for atrial fibrillation, reduces the pressure, anxiety and pain associated with surgery. I often use the natural reaction of music to my heart patients. We asked patients what their favorite music was, and played it in a process that required mild sedation. For many patients, concerts eliminate the edge.

Music can lower blood pressure.

It may not be surprising that music lowers blood pressure, which naturally increases. As mentioned above, the reduced blood pressure associated with music exposure may be associated with reduced anxiety. But in people with high blood pressure, it can be directly used to lower blood pressure. In patients with high blood pressure, studies show that as music begins to affect the body, respiration slows down, breathing becomes deeper and blood pressure drops.

If you find that you are still in high blood pressure during your medication, consider these relaxation principles and use music to calm you down.

Music provides pain relief.

Many of the painkillers we use after heart surgery combine with small receptors in the brain to reduce the sensation of pain. Our strongest painkillers, anesthetics, are released through the brain’s opioid receptors and oxytocin. Even in painful procedures such as happy surgery, music can increase the natural release of oxytocin and relieve pain. In patients with coronary heart disease, simply listening to music can cause mild to moderate pain in the heart. Music can even reduce the physical and emotional pain of cancer patients.

Depression responds to music therapy.

As a doctor who treats heart disease every day, I see a problem that is often unrecognized or untreated: people with heart disease often suffer from depression. These two conditions are closely linked and can deteriorate each other. People with depression are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack, and people with heart disease and depression are more likely to have a stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation or heart disease. Music is thought to be calm, pleasant and high, and can be used to help treat depression. Although music therapy has never been fully studied for depression in patients with heart disease, studies of other diseases such as crohn’s disease and depression suggest that this should be studied.

Music works with the body’s natural rhythms.

Music is an integral part of our lives. Our bodies, especially our hearts, respond fundamentally, even when we are not fully aware of them. When we come into contact with music, which we think is calm and calm, this contact lowers heart rate, blood pressure and depression. Minimize the effects of anxiety on the heart; It also reduces pain response and improves pain tolerance.

I once had a patient who Shared an out-of-body experience with me after a cardiac arrest and resuscitation. She has a vision that in the future our bodies will be cured by correcting the natural rhythm of the body without the need for drugs or surgery. Music seems to be a way to help correct our natural rhythms. Obviously, music is a partner for other treatments, which can be used to treat disease and is usually required. But music is a low-cost, natural way to help our hearts and help us through medical procedures and recovery.

If you are struggling with any issues discussed here, read more on this topic and consider using music to improve your quality of life and health.

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