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August 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 6)

Classical music lowers cholesterol levels (and our heart rate)
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

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Listening to classical music doesn’t just relax us, it physically changes the levels of fats—such as cholesterol—in our blood. The music also lowers our heart rate, and is an effective treatment for high blood pressure (hypertension), a new research study has found.

The bad news is that listening to the pop music of Abba didn’t have the same beneficial effects. That happened only when participants listened to the music of Mozart or Strauss, the ‘waltz king’, for 25 minutes.

Researchers from the Ruhr University Bochum tested the effects of classical music against pop music or silence on a group of 120 participants. Half listened to music, with half of those again listening either to classical music or Abba, and the other participants spent their 25 minutes in silence.

Blood pressure, heart rate and blood fats were measured before and after the sessions. Although the ‘silent’ group had lower blood fats levels afterwards, the drop was much more significant in those listening to classical music.

Interestingly, men were more affected than women, and responded more to the classical music.


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(Source: Deutsches Arzteblatt International, 2016; 113: 347)

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