Opera is music for the heart

Listening to arias by Puccini from the Opera Turandot performed by Pavarotti helps patients to recover faster after a stroke. Some types of music can slow the heart rate and lowering blood pressure, scientists say.

Dr. Luciano Bernardi (Bernardi Luciano), together with colleagues from the University of Pavia (Italy), asked 24 healthy volunteers to listen to five random tracks of classical. While listening to the scientists carefully recorded the reaction of the subjects to the music. The song list included: excerpts from Symphony No. 9 of Beethoven, an Aria Nessun Dorma from the Opera Turandot Puchini, a Bach cantata, Va Pensiero from the Opera “Nebuchadnezzar” by G. Verdi, and Libiam Nei Lieti Calici from “La Traviata” by Verdi.

Every musical crescendo (ascending sound) “a” body, which was manifested in the narrowing of blood vessels, increase blood pressure and increase of heart rate and respiration. Decrescendo, by contrast, induced relaxation, slowed heart rate and lowered blood pressure. Scientists tested volunteers a lot of combinations of music and silence and determined that the composition, saturated accents and transitions inherent in the Opera music, for the heart and blood flow for you. Arias by Verdi, apparently, perfectly synchronized with the cardiovascular rhythm.

“These data are valuable for understanding how to use music in rehabilitation medicine,” says Diana Grisman (Diana Greenman), the head of British charity organization involved in musical activities in hospitals, hospices, etc. “We have seen amazing evidence of the healing effects of music on survivors of heart attack people. The power of music is just awesome. I have heard about patients paralyzed after a heart attack, which suddenly began to move in time to the music. However, it is very important that the music match the tastes of the patient, so the choice of compositions need to be very careful,” concludes Grisman.

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