This page displays some of the research, stories, and other items that are relevant to cancer. See also the ‘All conditions‘ and the ‘Mind‘ pages for items relevant to all conditions.

Heart – research

Choir members say singing has helped their recovery

Research by the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University involving international choirs and over 12,000 people, identified the benefits of regular group singing, including specific examples of people who say it helped them recover from strokes or heart attacks. See the report in the Guardian or visit […]

Read more

Dancing improves improves heart function and quality of life among patients

A study presented at the American Heart Association’s conference in 2006 and published in 2008 suggests that dance may be a good alternative to other aerobic exercises. Participants showed improvements in functional capacity, quality of life, and cardiopulmonary fitness. The dance participants also showed slightly greater increases in oxygen consumption, anaerobic threshold, ventilatory response and […]

Read more

View more Heart – research

Heart – in the media

Sing for your heart – Heart Research UK

Heart Research UK believe singing has health benefits for the heart. In a short article to promote their ‘Sing for your heart’ week, they quote Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, who points to the affects on oxygenation of the blood, on the endocrine system, and […]

Read more

The health benefits of singing

An article in the Guardian looks at the health benefits of singing, including the effects on the heart and lungs.

Read more

View more Heart – in the media

Heart – also of interest

US Arts and the heart campaign

US-based Foundation for Art and Healing have initiated an ‘Arts and the heart’ campaign to raise awareness of the effect of creative activities on the heart.

Read more

View more Heart – also of interest



Alcoholism Alzheimer's Arthritis Autism Cancer Crafts Crohn's Disease Cystic Fibrosis Dance Dementia Down's Syndrome Heart Hepatitis C HIV and AIDS Lungs Mind MS Multiple Sclerosis Music Parkinson's Poetry Singing Stroke Visual arts Writing