Songs that make our hearts soar can make them stronger too, researchers report. They found that when people listened to their favorite music, their blood vessels dilated in much the same way as when laughing, or taking blood medications.
"We have a pretty impressive effect," said Dr. Michael Miller, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
"Blood vessel diameter improved... The vessel opened up pretty significantly. You can see the vessels opening up with other activities such as exercise," Miller said. A similar effect is seen with drugs such as statins and ACE inhibitors.
The inverse was also found to be true, i.e. when the individuals listened to music they disliked, their blood vessels narrowed. I guess this means I really should:
- Keep listening to more from A. R. Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Mozart, Enya, Frou Frou, Sixpence, and Royksopp (this video is beautiful!).
- Skip the next Pritam Chakrobarty and Himesh Reshammiya soundtracks ;)
And here is some good music to keep us healthy and in good spirits. A cool rendition of Pehla Nasha from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992). Hope you're having a great weekend, everyone!