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Music and the Heart

The Chinese character for medicine includes the character for music. Harvard Heart Letter November, 2009 Using music to tune the heart Music therapy, or just listening to music, can be good for the heart. Music can make you laugh or cry, rile you up or calm you down. Some say it’s good for the soul. It just might be good for the heart, too. Make no mistake — daily doses of Mozart won’t clean out your arteries or fix a… Keep Reading

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The Effect of Mozart and ABBA on the Heart

  Music by Mozart and Strauss lowered the subjects’ blood pressure and heart rate, while music by ABBA did not. Deutsches Ärzteblatt International May, 2016 The Cardiovascular Effect of Musical Genres Introduction It has been known for centuries that music has an effect on human beings . In antiquity, music was used to improve performance in athletes during the Olympic Games, and narrative anecdotes also contain indications of its effects. Studies have investigated the influence of music in the setting… Keep Reading

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Heart Healthy Habits of Physicians

  Reader’s Digest Charlotte Hilton Andersen   45 Things Doctors Do to Protect Their Own Hearts Doctor Parker’s Commentary As I was researching “heart healthy habits,” I came across this article from Reader’s Digest.  To my surprise, I found it quite interesting — perhaps both because it was fairly simple and straightforward, and because it was along the lines of “Physician Heal Thyself.” Note that in the extroverted culture of America, the main focus for heart health issues is external. … Keep Reading

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Doing It Right: Arts Program at the University of Washington Medical Center

 Viewing and creating art, as well as listening to music, play an important role in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.     University of Washington Welcome to the Arts Program at University of Washington Medical Center Art is everywhere in our world and art is essential. Viewing and creating art, as well as listening to music, play an important role in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. A growing body of evidence indicates that the presence of artwork, artists… Keep Reading

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Can Art Be Medicine? — A Short Film —

From the Foundation for Art and Healing Can Art be Medicine? Whether through expressive writing, music, movement or visual media, all the arts are able to change people’s perspectives, moods, relationships and overall health. As we study the science of creative expression as a path to healing, and put it into action through our initiatives, we also work toward broadening awareness of the power of art to discover, explore and share what is most important to us as individuals and… Keep Reading

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The Physician as Artist: Paul Kolker, M.D.

Dr. Kolker relates, from personal experience and through observing patients, how introducing any form of creative expression—visual arts, music, literature—enhances convalescence. Simply put, patients feel better faster. Dr. Kolker, The Physician as Artist, The Artist as Physician In this video, Paul Kolker, M.D., J.D., an accomplished cardiovascular surgeon, attorney, and noted visual artist, shares a wide array of experiences that spotlight the impact the arts have had on his medical training and career, his interactions with his cardiac patients, and… Keep Reading

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