Sentara Healthcare Offers Classical Concerts to Soothe Patients

Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare is hosting live music performances for patients to improve their satisfaction and well-being, according to a MedCity News report.

The performances are one offering of the Sentara Music and Medicine Center, which also provides music therapy and conducts research on the physiological effects of music, among other services. For example, Kamal Chemali, MD, founding director of the Sentara Music and Medicine Center, has found that patients' blood pressure drops when listening to music, according to the report. In addition, he has found a 75 percent to 80 percent improvement on seven self-reported health parameters of patients after a classical concert, according to the report.

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