Put Something in Your Ears to Prevent Heart Problems

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Hi, I'm Dr. Oz with a quick tip for improving heart health. Constant clamor from traffic, construction work sites, even the sounds of a blow drier can take a serious toll on your ticker, but here is a $2 quick fix, earplugs. Buy a pair and pop them in whenever you find yourself surrounded by construction crews, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and even your own power toss.

In a study mostly involving middle aged men at risk for heart attack, exposure to sound levels above 65 decibels, that's equivalent to aloud conversation, appeared to be yet another risk factor to deal with. So what's the link between loud noise and your heart? Well, chronic noise exposure activates your nervous system and increases stress levels.

This in turn, negatively affects your heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and your blood sugar regulation. So, if silence makes only a rare appearance in your daily life, find ways to turn down the noise. And invest in some earplugs. Something with a noise reduction rating of about 33 is ideal, when you turn down the clutter, they'll turn up your heart health.

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