Noise Pollution Increases Cardiovascular Risks, Experts Says

Noise pollution increases cardiovascular risks among people, a new study claims. Noise can disrupt the body in a way that causes the risk of cardiovascular disorders.

According to a new study, published today in the Journal of The American College of Cardiology, noise pollution increases cardiovascular risks.

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The environmental noise, including from road traffic and aircrafts, loud office conversations, noise from construction sites or even loud telephones, and live music concerts can be a source of stress for many of us.

Researchers in Germany and Denmark analyzed overall data and observed former studies to discover the link between noise and heart disease. They found that noise pollution is associated with several heart disease risk factors such as vascular dysfunction, irregular heart rhythms, metabolic abnormalities, high blood sugar, oxidative stress, high cholesterol, and autonomic imbalance.

During the research, scientists also found that noise exposure causes the release of stress hormones which negatively affects the arteries in the heart and the rest of the body. While the research just provides convincing evidence that noise-generated stress is linked to consequences for our health, it cannot prove that noise causes heart disease.

a professor of medicine and the lead author of the study, Thomas Munzel said, “As the percentage of the population exposed to detrimental levels of transportation noise are rising, new developments and legislation to reduce noise are important for public health.”

Munzel also suggested that we need a policy change. We need our governments to look seriously to the WHO noise limits and change the laws accordingly.