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- Karan Sarode,
- Waseem Shami,
- Sucheta Gosavi,
- Indika Mallawaarachchi,
- Alok Kumar Dwivedi and
- Debabrata Mukherjee
It is not uncommon to see individuals listening to music while exercising. Currently, there are few studies that support the benefits of music on exercise tolerance. The purpose of this study was to conduct a randomized controlled trial, as is the standard in evidence based practice of medicine, to compare impact of music on exercise capacity during scheduled exercise stress tests.
One hundred twenty seven patients (n = 127) who were able to walk on a treadmill were randomly assigned to either headphones which contained up-tempo music or no music during their scheduled stress tests. The randomization was single-blinded where staff members consenting the individuals and supervising their stress tests were unaware of which individuals had music playing on patients’ headphones. All patients were already scheduled to have an electrocardiogram (ECG) treadmill stress by Bruce protocol regardless of their participation in the study. We collected and analyzed subjects’ demographics (e.g. age, gender, medical history, social history etc.), vital signs (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate), and treadmill end points (e.g. exercise time, maximum heart achieved, symptoms etc.). All data collected were no different from what is routinely collected during an exercise ECG treadmill stress test in a stress testing laboratory.
The individuals in both groups were similar with regards to medical history, particularly diabetes and hypertension. There were more females than males in both groups (61.2% in music vs 66.7% in control) with an average overall age of 53.0 years. In the randomized music group (n = 67), there was a significantly longer exercise time (ET, 505.8 vs 455.2, p=0.045) and a trend toward longer metabolic equivalent of task (METs, 9.45 vs 8.67, p=0.094) when compared to the non-music group (n = 60).
Our findings show that there is a significant increase in exercise time and a trend toward increased METs with music during ECG treadmill stress testing. In the future, a larger study with adequate power may be able to better demonstrate an evidence based recommendation to offering music during stress testing.
Poster Hall, Hall A/B
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Session Title: What's New in Sports Arrhythmia and Exercise Capacity
Abstract Category: 07. Arrhythmias and Clinical EP: Sports and Exercise
Presentation Number: 1182-006
- 2018 American College of Cardiology Foundation