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What the Yuck: Is bass bad for my heart?
March 11th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

What the Yuck: Is bass bad for my heart?

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: When I go to a really loud concert or movie, sometimes I can feel the bass vibrating in my chest. Is that bad for my heart?

A: Sound waves in the air cause things to vibrate - walls, chairs, glasses of water. The bones in your ear translate those vibrations into nerve signals, which your brain interprets as sounds. But other body parts can vibrate, too, including your chest.

For most of us, this is nothing to worry about. Unless you have a serious heart condition, the pounding bass shouldn’t affect your heart muscle.

But if you feel chest vibrations when you aren’t around loud sounds, this could be a sign of an abnormal heart rhythm - see your doc to get it checked out.

(And don’t forget: Repeated exposure to very loud noises can cause hearing loss.)


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