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Stroke patients 'given visual hope' through music

Stroke patients 'given visual hope' through music
25th March 2009

A new study from the UK has discovered that "pleasant" music could be used to help stroke victims save their damaged sight, with the treatment corresponding with the patient's personal tastes.

Carried out by a team at Imperial College London, it was understood in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report that up to 60 per cent of stroke patients develop impaired vision, meaning they lose the ability to track objects.

However, through listening to music which they love, people with such difficulties can use their emotions to enhance their vision.

Dr David Soto, the lead author of the study, said that visual neglect is a distressing condition and that these developments showed a brighter future for people suffering from the after-effects of a stroke.

He continued: "This is very interesting research that indicates that a positive emotional state can help a stroke survivor with an obstacle such as visual neglect."

According to the Stroke Association, 150,000 people in the UK die of a stroke every year.

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