The Heart is Alive to the Sound of Music - A Place for Music Therapy in the Rehabilitation of Heart and Stroke Patients?
"But there is good evidence that music - like other relaxation therapies - can help our ability to deal with stress, and the link between stress and cardiovascular health is strong. So it may be that music presents a mental training mechanism by which we deal with stress - which may be of benefit in everyday life as well as in cardiac rehabilitation. It was interesting in this study that heart rate and blood pressure varied in synchrony with the pace of the music, suggesting a direct link. We will need the evidence of stronger randomised trials before we can say that music therapy has unequivocal benefits in cardiac rehabilitation, but that's not say that it does not help."
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC):
The ESC represents nearly 53,000 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean. Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.
The ESC achieves this through a variety of scientific and educational activities including the coordination of: clinical practice guidelines, education courses and initiatives, pan-European surveys on specific disease areas and the ESC Annual Congress, the largest medical meeting in Europe. The ESC also works closely with the European Commission and WHO to improve health policy in the EU.
The ESC comprises 3 Councils, 5 Associations, 19 Working Groups, 50 National Cardiac Societies and an ESC Fellowship Community (Fellow, FESC; Nurse Fellow, NFESC). For more information on ESC Initiatives, Congresses and Constituent Bodies see www.escardio.org.
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