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Singing reduces preoperative hypertension

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.”

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  • It may not be PC to say it, and I know I risk being critisised for having an opinion; but just maybe it's not the fact that the lady was singing that reduced her BP but the fact that she was singing 'religious' songs.
    As nurses we claim to be open minded on everything except the fact that some people believe in a God who can give us a deep inner peace that cannot be explained by science, which can have a knock on physical effect.
    I know that such a statement will have immediately antigonised those who are determind not to acknowledge such a possibility, but it doesn't alter the fact that those who are prepared to risk distain, draw more from Him than just an emotional prop but that He can meet physical needs too.
    In nursing we claim to understand that people have 'spiritual' needs yet scoff when somebody dares to put their heads above the parapit and declare that they actually believe in something; then we seem determind to explain away or disprove their reality just to make us feel better.

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  • Adrian Bolt

    What did they use as a control? Leonard Cohen songs?

    "those who are prepared to risk distain, draw more from Him than just an emotional prop but that He can meet physical needs too."

    Does God do knee ops as well?

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