HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Reading hexametric rhyme supports cardiac synchronization, especially after a heart attack

(July 14, 2004) - Bethesda, MD According to new findings from a team of European physiologists, you might receive greater health benefits (and probably a deeper appreciation of the classics) by forgoing the movie "Troy," and instead, reading The Iliad out loud. The gist of this new research focuses on the hexameter, the poetic format unique to classical Greek and Roman epic poems like those found in the works of Homer and Virgil.

Background

The effects of different breathing frequencies and patterns found in poetry readings on cardiovascular regulation have been investigated extensively in recent years. Poetry recitation has been known to cause a frequency adjustment of breathing oscillations with endogenous blood pressure fluctuations (Mayer waves) and even cerebral blood flow oscillations during the saying of the Catholic Rosary and the 'OM' mantra. This effect is attributed to the breathing frequency of approximately six breaths per minute induced by the metric of both religious verses. Researchers have also observed increased arterial baroreflex sensitivity, which is a favorable long term prognostic factor in cardiac patients. Thus, some have endorsed recitation of specific poetry as a means to control breathing patterns.

Many features of the cardiorespiratory control during recitation of poetry are still unknown. Recently, with simultaneous recordings of an electrocardiogram and a respiratory trace, new techniques for the analysis of cardiorespiratory interaction were developed. They unambiguously revealed that heart rate and respiration may intermittently synchronize. The application of these techniques promises new information about the cardiorespiratory interaction, specifically after a heart attack.

What is the Hexameter?

The ideal dactylic hexameter consists of six (hexa) metrons or feet called dactyls (fingers). Each dactyl consists of three syllables, the first long, the other t
'"/>

Contact: Mayer Resnick
mresnick@the-aps.org
301-634-7209
American Physiological Society
19-Jul-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Reading ability and ADHD affected by same genes
2. Reading the brain
3. Gene-Reading Problem Linked To Lou Gehrigs Disease
4. Potential for enhanced sequestration of carbon in soils supports evaluations
5. Poker Flat Research Range supports unmanned aerial vehicle operations
6. Study supports association between HPV infection and head and neck cancer
7. New research supports theory that indirect transmission of chronic wasting disease
8. Federal grant supports advances in infant heart disease at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
9. March of Dimes supports top scientists, new study finds
10. Europes healthcare systems supports trend for quality and quantity in ART
11. Max Planck supports open access to research

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/25/2019)... , ... April 24, 2019 , ... ... announces today the award of U.S. patent 10,191,929, “Systems and Methods for SNP ... and more efficient to conduct a variety of advanced bioinformatic analyses, including SNP ...
(Date:4/18/2019)... and WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... April ... ... management solution for the healthcare industry, today announced the launch of mSource® AI ... processing to extract deep knowledge of Medpricer customers’ supplier contracts, truly optimizing purchased ...
(Date:4/16/2019)... ... April 16, 2019 , ... HealthLink International, experts ... its new medical device facility on Friday, April 12. Headquartered in the Netherlands, ... new facility includes 108,500 square feet and houses 32 employees enabling HealthLink to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/2/2019)... , ... May 02, 2019 , ... ... testing company, will present results documenting discrepancies between U.S. insurer policies for genetic ... patients at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC). , ...
(Date:4/18/2019)... ... April 18, 2019 , ... Taking a step closer ... chemical engineer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a novel process using ... manufacture isobutanol and other biofuels more economically. , Isobutanol, like ethanol, is an ...
(Date:4/12/2019)... ... April 12, 2019 , ... An upcoming episode ... educate about innovative tools and devices being used to enhance cognitive skills. This ... , This segment of Advancements will focus on Sound for Life, a neurotechnology ...
(Date:4/9/2019)... ... April 09, 2019 , ... Sonny Bar Lisa, or Sonny for short, ... two months. After a series of diagnostics, an MRI was performed which revealed ... researched the injury and found that VetStem Regenerative Cell Therapy may be ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: