Car noise increases your risk of heart attack by 38%
By Roger Dobson
Last updated at 9:38 PM on 12th January 2009
Long-term exposure to even relatively low levels of noise, such as traffic outside the house, may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and high blood pressure.
While it has long been known that exposure to loud noise can cause hearing loss, it had been thought that relatively low levels of environmental noise were not a danger.
But research is increasingly showing that such noise can have adverse effects.
Swedish researchers, who reported their findings in the journal Epidemiology last week, have found that low-level long-term road traffic noise is associated with an 38 per cent increased risk of a heart attack.
In another study, by the Federal Environmental Agency in Berlin, men exposed to traffic noise levels of more than 70 decibels during the day were 30 per cent more likely to suffer a heart attack than those whose noise exposure did not exceed 60 decibels...........
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