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Nov 28, 2005

Loud Noise Increases Heat Attack Risk By Three Fold

Loud Noise Increases Heat Attack Risk By Three Fold
Everyone is annoyed with loud grating noise. Think about it! It is not just annoying, but it can cause you a heart attack. This is as per new research findings from Germany.

The increased risk associated with loud noise is because of the physiological and psychological stress caused by the noise which includes work noise as well.

"Workplace protection for noisy workplaces should be reconsidered," said lead researcher Dr. Stefan Willich, director of the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics at Charite University Medical Center, Berlin.

"Currently, in many countries the threshold for ear protection is 85 decibels," Willich said. "According to our results it should be lowered to somewhere between 75 and 80 decibels," he said.

This research finding is published on the latest issue of European Heart Journal. In this study, Willich's and colleagues team compared data on 2,000 heart attack patients with data on more than 2,000 patients admitted to trauma and general surgery departments for reasons other than heart attack.

They found that exposure to environmental noise, such as that of traffic, tripled the risk of heart attack for women and boosted it by nearly 50 percent for men.

"Reducing traffic noise makes sense from a medical point of view," Willich said.

On the other hand, his team found that workplace noise increased heart risks for men by nearly a third but did not seem to affect women.

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