Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Noise Pollution and Heart Health

noise pollution and heart health
Can obnoxious, annoying, ear-piercing noise cause a heart attack? According to a new study out of Denmark, ‘noise pollution’ can increase your risk for a heart attack. How can arginine supplements help reduce your risk?

Researchers followed over 50,000 people for an average of 10 years in two major cities. Between 40 and 80 decibels, every 10 decibel increase in traffic noise was linked to a 12 percent higher risk of heart attack. – MensFitness.com

Why does more noise mean higher risk for heart attack? Well, researchers point out that noise can create stress, and stress is what increases heart rate and blood pressure, leading to increased risk for heart attack.  Noise pollution can also affect the amount of restful sleep you get at night, which can also increase your risk for heart attack.

What is noise pollution? Anything that is intrusive, disruptive, or just plain annoying can be categorized as noise pollution. It can be the lawn mower, the traffic outside your window, the construction down the street or the annoying dog next door. If it ‘detracts from regular functioning’ throughout the day or night, it is noise pollution.

What can we do to lower our risk for noise-pollution-heart-attacks? Get away from the noise. Take a vacation, take a hike, head up north for the day and listen to nothing but the calming sounds of the breeze and birds. While we can’t always avoid noise pollution, we can do the small things to maintain heart health and decrease our risk for heart attack. Those things include taking l-arginine supplements, eating right, exercising, decreasing stress levels and simply remembering to breathe. 

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