By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It is stressful to be sick and, depending on the nature of the illness, the stress can be greater.

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Certainly, heart disease is one of the most stressful health conditions. Now there is a report looking at an inexpensive but quite effective method to reduce that stress.

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Listening to music may help heart patients, and other patients as well, reduce their stress and anxiety when undergoing treatments. There have also been a series of studies where there has been evidence that music could help boost mood as well.

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Some of the best treatments in healthcare have nothing to do with medications, procedures or labs. It comes down to a healthy approach to care.