The impact of noisy workplaces on the heart

Missouri workers are likely to have an increased risk of developing heart disease if they work in a noisy workplace. This is according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that shows loud noises in the workplace is linked to high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

The study's results were obtained by analyzing data collected in a 2014 National Health Interview Survey that examined the occurrences of heart disease, exposure to workplace noise and hearing impairment in the workplace. The data was reviewed for trends and links between cardiovascular disease and occupational noise.

Heart disease is the main cause of death in the nation, and high cholesterol and high blood pressure are the main risk factors for the disease. Loud noise is also considered one of the chief workplace health hazards. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that almost 41 million people in the nation, close to a quarter of all workers, have reported being exposed to loud noises while at work.

The detrimental effects noise can have on a person's health is being widely acknowledged. Poor cognitive performance, the onset of migraines in migraine sufferers and sleep disturbance can all be attributed to the exposure to loud noises.

According to the director of the NIOSH, the reduction of noise levels in the workplace is needed to prevent hearing loss and to address how loud noises can affect cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The wellness and health programs in the workplace should feature cholesterol and high blood pressure screenings and should target the workers exposed to loud noises.

A personal injury attorney may assist clients who have developed occupational diseases due to unsafe working conditions. Assistance may be provided with applying for workers' compensation benefits, appealing denied claims and filing third-party liability lawsuits when applicable.

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