Sitting in traffic all day is enough to drive you crazy. But turns out the sound of congested roads could be putting your heart at risk.
Researchers from the Department of Internal Medicine at University Medical Centre Mainz of Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany assessed the effects of environmental noise and ho it impacts the cardiovascular system.
Findings suggested that exposure to the frustrating sound can trigger a stress response in the nervous system causing a spike in hormones, detrimental to the body’s blood vessels.
Further, study authors found a link between noise and oxidative stress – when the body isn’t able to cope with the production of free radicals correctly – and cardiovascular weaknesses.
The report further backs other research that has identified a link between road and aircraft noises and heart risk.