Why car horns and other loud noises may be bad for your heart

The roar of a jet plane, the rumble of a big rig or that shrill scream from the siren of a speeding emergency vehicle.

The common but loud noises that keep you awake at night and agitate you throughout the day may have a notable impact on your cardiovascular health, experts say.

Researchers say noise pollution may increase the risk of heart disease, such as coronary artery disease, hypertension and heart failure, according to a review paper published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Why? The authors, who examined previous research on noise pollution and heart disease, say that loud sounds cause a stress response, releasing a wave of hormones that can ultimately cause damage to the heart.

a review paper published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology

“Though there is no set threshold to establish risk, we do know that anything above 60 decibels can increase risk for heart disease,” Thomas Münzel, lead author of the review, told ABC News.

told ABC News

Some birds are so stressed by noise pollution it looks like they have PTSD

Münzel, director of the department of internal medicine at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, explained to ABC News on Monday that noise


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