Encouraging patients to sing can reduce preoperative hypertension, according to US researchers.
They report on the case where singing reduced the blood pressure of a 76-year-old woman who had experienced severe preoperative hypertension prior to total knee replacement surgery for osteoarthritis.
While the patient was unresponsive to aggressive drug treatment, her blood pressure fell dramatically from 240/120mmHg to 180/90mmHg after she sang several religious songs.
The authors said: “Singing is simple, safe, and free. Patients should be encouraged to sing if they wish.”
- Niu N N, et al. Singing intervention for preoperative hypertension prior to total joint replacement: A case report. Arthritis Care & Research (2011) 63: 630-632
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