Harmonious Heart Synch: Healing Power of Music for Cardiovascular Health

By Kanchan Pant

Heartbeats, symphonies within our bodies, often go unnoticed and underappreciated. However, during Heart Health Month, we’re focusing on this incredible organ in our body through an unexpected lens: music! From the soothing strings of the guitar to the stimulating beats of a drum, music plays a pivotal role in cardiovascular health. It can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, enhance mood, and contribute to emotional well-being, all crucial elements for maintaining a healthy heart.

Scientific studies have uncovered evidence of how music affects our cardiovascular health. According to the article published in Harvard Health Publishing by Harvard Medical School, our heartbeat and breathing rate are regulated by the brainstem, which is also where sound processing starts. This connection helps explain why listening to calming music has been shown to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate and can also help reduce pain, tension, and anxiety.

A study conducted by the American College of Cardiology found that individuals who suffered from episodes of chest pain after a heart attack listened to music for half an hour each day, and their anxiety and discomfort levels considerably decreased.

Much like the heart, music has it’s rhythm and if we can synch these two rhythms, we have the potential to see remarkable improvements in overall cardiovascular health.

Embracing a rhythmic life can be achieved through the simple and enjoyable incorporation of music into our heart health regimen. Consider incorporating these into your daily routine:

  • Play uplifting music to energize your morning.
  • Use peaceful music to relax and reduce tension.
  • Play gentle instrumental music while you’re falling asleep.

Try out different genres and find out what resonates with your mood and health goals! 

As we celebrate Heart Health Month, let’s recognize and harness the power of music for a healthier heart. Try putting on some music or humming a tone and notice your heartbeat. Did you feel any difference before and after? Share your experiences and views to contribute collective understanding of the impact of music on cardiovascular health.