Workers battling loud noises face double heart disease risk
Working in very noisy environments can more than double the risk of serious heart disease, experts said today.
People who are exposed to long-term workplace noise -- of the type that makes it difficult to hold a conversation -- are two to three times more likely to have heart problems as those working in quiet environments.
Experts believe noisy workplaces could increase stress levels, putting pressure on the heart.
Research published in the journal Occupational And Environmental Medicine found the effect was particularly strong among the under-50s and young male smokers.
Data was collected from more than 6,300 employees in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The authors, led by a team at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, concluded: "This study suggests that excess noise exposure in the workplace is an important occupational health issue and deserves special attention."
June Davison, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "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."