Can noisy traffic cause heart attacks?

“Living near loud traffic increases your risk of having a heart attack,” the Daily Mail today reported. The Mail added that the link “could be due to noise causing stress and sleep disturbances”. However, donning earplugs at night isn’t necessarily the answer to preventing heart attacks.

The Mail’s headline is based on a large urban Danish study showing that for every 10dB increase in the volume of road traffic noise exposure there was a 12 per cent increase in the risk of having a heart attack. This was the case for estimated traffic noise at the time of the heart attack and over the preceding five years.

 

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