Soothing the Stresses of Heart Disease
Debbie Bates plays the guitar to help relax a patient.

Soothing the Stresses of Heart Disease

Music therapists make it easier for patients to cope with serious heart conditions.

How involved a patient wants to be in music therapy depends on their diagnosis and whether they sing or play an instrument. Many simply want to listen to music. For these patients, the music therapist will select works likely to be therapeutic. When McFee sees the potential to help improve a patient’s medical condition, she encourages them to participate in music-making using an instrument on her cart that doesn’t require special training or talent to play.

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