UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists believe being constantly surrounded by noise can affect your heart health.
A study released in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Feb. 5 examined environmental noise and its impact on the cardiovascular system.
It found being around a lot of noise pollution, or harmful sounds from things like industry or airplanes, can increase health risks for people with pre-existing heart conditions.
Scientists looked at years of data and past studies of health risks associated with noise pollution.
They say noise pollution causes more stress hormones to be released and could burden blood vessels, leading to more health problems.
Researchers in the study said people and animals exposed to loud noises frequently had higher rates of irregular heart rhythms, high cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as heart failure.
The study proposed more policies be created to control noise levels.
Researchers also said more research needs to be done to determine how much noise exposure is considered harmful.