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Cardiac Dynamics in Marching Band Trumpet Players

Leigh Anne Hunsaker, Darhyl Ramsey
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 13 Number 2: Page 75 (June 1998)

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Abstract: The effects of trumpet playing on the heart were investigated by obtaining electrocardiograms (ECGs) during marching band rehearsals and performances. The study included a comparison of heart rates at rest and during periods of simultaneous marching and playing. The extent of cardiac response to the Valsalva maneuver was examined, and possible contributing factors are discussed. Results of the study showed that heart rate during trumpet playing in the marching band setting was significantly higher (p , 0.0001) than it was while resting. Increases in heart rate were greater and ECG changes were more pronounced in performance than in rehearsal. In addition to the differences of individual subjects, greater cardiac response to the Valsalva maneuver was observed in relatively high and loud passages of music

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