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Listening to music after major heart surgery could lower anxiety, pain


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Open Heart
Reuters Health - 28/01/2021 -Listening to music is linked with lower anxiety and pain after heart surgery, which could be a great option for doctors to offer to their patients, according to a team of surgeons and pain researchers. In addition, listening to music has no risks or known side effects, unlike pain medications, so it may be a good option to calm patients' nerves and reduce their pain, the team writes in the journal Open Heart. "Patients undergoing cardiac surgery often experience preoperative anxiety, which is associated with higher postoperative pain, and this requires higher amounts of opioids in order to control the pain," said lead author Dr. Ellaha Kakar of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. "Benzodiazepines are often administered to reduce anxiety, but their efficacy remains unclear and they do have the risk of side effects, along with the side effects of opioids for pain," she told Reuters Health by email. "It i...


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