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Horn Playing and Blood Pressure


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Harris, L.
Journal Title: Lancet
Date Published: 12-Oct-96
Language: English
Category: Anatomical, Physiological & Historical Research
Key Words: horn performance blood pressure
Full Citation: Harris, L. R. Horn Playing and Blood Pressure. Lancet 348, no. 9033 (October 12, 1996): 1042.
Full Abstract: Although this study does not address the long-term effects of horn playing or the effect of performance stress on blood pressures, it offers reassurance that for most individuals blood pressures do not rise while simply playing. Although a few experience a transient rise in the extreme high register, others actually progressively drop their pressure as they play higher. Dimsdale and Nelesen state that a prolonged Valsalva manoeuvre is used to produce high notes, but closing the glottis while playing is not recommended and results in poor tone quality.