Labelling certain music as “good for the heart” is typically simplistic science. We should listen to the music we enjoy for a truly invigorating experience
As if there weren’t enough good reasons to listen to music, news has just come from the medical world that music is good for the heart.
Research carried out by cardiologists at Oxford University has shown that recordings of certain pieces by Verdi, Beethoven and Puccini actually lower blood pressure. Lower blood pressure means less wear and tear on the heart, because it can pump more slowly. However it seems that only slow classical pieces work, preferably ones that show a ”10-second rhythm’’.
A fast excerpt from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons had no effect, and listening to Red Hot Chilli Peppers actually sent the heart-rate up.