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Sound therapy may help lower blood pressure, manage migraines.

A noninvasive therapy that balances right-side and left-side brain frequencies was associated with lower blood pressure, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions. The technology, called high-resolution, relational, resonance based, electroencephalic mirroring (HIRREM), also appears to help control migraine headache symptoms and improve heart rate variability (HRV). HRV represents the time in between heartbeats. Greater variability means your heart responds optimally to changes in conditions, such as exercise or in moments of stress--think of a "fight or flight" response. Lower HRV is associated with hypertension and other serious cardiovascular problems. Insomnia also improved in the study participants. HIRREM technology monitors brain electrical activity (with tiny sensors placed on the head) and translates dominant signals into audible tones that are reflected back to the individual through ear buds. This helps balance frequencies in the brain, which in turn improves HRV and reduces hyperarousal, the state of increased anxiety that can raise blood pressure.

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Title Annotation:HEART BEAT
Publication:Heart Advisor
Date:Nov 1, 2016
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