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High Noise Levels Increase Heart Attack Risk

separator Everyday noise can increase your blood pressure and is bad for your heart, according to a study published recently in the European Heart Journal. The study looked at the amount of noise that 4,000 people were exposed to on a daily basis. Results showed that chronic exposure increased the risk of heart disease mildly to moderately.

For women, outdoor noise, such as loud traffic, had the highest negative effect. For men, a loud office was most serious. Researchers were unable to determine the reason for this.

If you’re exposed to a lot of noise on a daily basis, it’s not a bad idea to wear earplugs, if possible. Previous research has shown that earplugs have had a protective effect.

The European Heart Journal, November 2005
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