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Was Beethoven’s Music Affected by Cardiac Arrhythmia?

Was Beethoven's music affected by cardiac arrhythmia?

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times looked at a study of Ludwig van Beethoven’s music. The study suggests some of his later works could have been influenced by cardiac arrhythmia. Arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of the heart, also known as an irregular heartbeat.

A cardiologist, an internal medicine specialist, and a musicologist examined Beethoven’s music to look at the “rhythmic turnabouts”. Their theory is that once Beethoven began to lose his hearing, he began to weave the rhythm of his heartbeat into his music. This is suggests he had an irregular heartbeat.

Their study is only speculation, but it does allow fans of his music to look at (and hear it) in a new light almost 190 years after his death.

If you have an irregular heartbeat please consult a cardiovascular specialist.