Elaine Chew: Breaking the Wall to Musical Medicine – Falling Walls Science Summit 2023
In the face of the pervasive threat of cardiovascular disease, which continues to claim lives globally, exploring innovative avenues for prevention and treatment is paramount. Music emerges as a non-pharmacological, non-invasive, scalable, and enjoyable method to influence vital aspects of our cardiovascular health, such as heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate variability, often with minimal side effects. Elaine Chew, a renowned operations researcher and pianist, serves as Professor of Engineering in the Department of Cardiovascular Imaging at King’s College London.
At Falling Walls, Chew will harness her background in mathematics to delve into the intricacies of how music impacts the heart and is pivotal for harnessing its potential in cardiovascular therapies, thereby alleviating the societal burden imposed by cardiovascular ailments.