I like the sound of a music heartbeat
I’ve shared, a few times here on the website, how music can be good for your brain. And I’ve also talked about how music is good for heart healing. And now I’d like to add a little bit of the benefits of what I’ll call your music heartbeat.
So how can music help your heartbeat?
Well according to something I read, “a study from Wisconsin evaluated 45 patients who had suffered heart attacks within the previous 72 hours.” I didn’t see a link to that study, but the information I found on the Harvard Medical School website looked legitimate. Anyway…
The study also said those patients were all stable, and they were “randomly assigned to listen to classical music or simply continue with routine care” for about 20 minutes. And the report said the ones who listened to music almost immediately showed drops in their heart rates and breathing rates. Plus, their hearts didn’t seem to need as much oxygen to function.
Listening to music didn’t seem to lower blood pressure. But the benefits it DID have lasted at least an hour after the patients stopped listening. And they appeared to have less anxiety…which is typically high with heart attack patients.
Of course, when something works, you wanna find out how to make the most of it. Right? And those researchers wanted to see if short term benefits of listening to music could last longer. So, they came up with a some other tracking ideas. They chose over 700 patients, who were scheduled for heart catheter surgery, to receive either the standard care or care with some “extras.”
And they came up with standard care plus prayer, or standard care with prayer and music, standard care and MIT (a combination of music, imaging, and touch therapy), or just MIT.
From what I could tell, they didn’t come up with conclusive data to show long-lasting effects of any of those combinations. But, after six months, they did say the MIT patients experienced less “anxiety and emotional distress.” And they were apparently “65% less likely to die” after surgery. But wouldn’t you know, they had to add, “prayer was not associated with any potential benefit.”
So, while they said, “It’s impossible to know if music was the key component,” they had no problem with a definitive statement about prayer.
But what about your spiritual music heartbeat?
Sure, it’s great that listening to music can help increase your blood flow by 26% or more. But that helps your physical heart and health for a little while. And even if it extends your life by years, you’re still gonna run out of gas one day. And then what?
Well, that’s where the benefits of prayer come kick in. Because good arteries, blood pressure, and heart health won’t get you into Heaven. And wouldn’t you rather go to Heaven and live forever than exist as a dark, lonely bodiless soul in hell?
I gotta say, the joy and hopeful anticipation of living forever in Heaven is music to my ears AND heart.
My music heartbeat is the rhythm to my soul.
And it will beat for me forever and a day.
‘Cause my Creator is the healthplan I can trust.
And He’s the song of life I sing along the Way.
Grab some Merch
Or how about some music for kids