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Workplace noise link to heart disease

Workplace noise link to heart disease

New research has claimed that noisy workplaces can increase the risk of suffering from serious heart problems.

Constant exposure to loud noise at work has been linked with coronary heart disease, especially in younger male smokers, a study in the British Medical Journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine concluded.

Participants in the study were grouped into those who endured persistent loud noise at work for at least three months, to the extent that it was difficult to talk at normal volume, and those who did not. It found that the risk of heart disease was more than double for those in the noisier workplaces.

June Davison, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Some people find sustained noise very taxing and stressful, and that could explain this link between noisy workplaces and an increased risk of heart disease.

"If you're stressed you are more likely to snack on unhealthy foods, smoke and miss out on your 30 minutes of physical activity a day - a sure-fire recipe for an unhealthy heart. If you feel stressed or anxious, it's important to learn how to relax and make positive changes to help you cope with the stress."

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