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Both Air And Noise Pollution Increase Cardiovascular Risk

Noise Pollution

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  • If you live near a busy highway, you’re likely being simultaneously exposed to two major pollution sources that can harm your heart: air pollution and noise pollution from the traffic
  • Exposure to fine particle air pollution increased TAC scores (a measure of arterial hardening) by nearly 20 percent while exposure to noise pollution increased TAC by about 8 percent, according to new research
  • Both fine particle matter air pollution and noise pollution are believed to increase your cardiovascular disease risk through similar biologic pathways, including by causing an imbalance in your autonomic nervous system (ANS)

By Dr. Mercola

Air pollution and noise pollution often go hand-in-hand, as some of the most heavily air-polluted areas are also those near loud busy roadways and airports.


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