CLEVELAND, Ohio - Sitting in traffic not only burns fuel and adds time to your commute, but it may also take a toll on your heart.
Dr. David Frid says studies have shown that traffic jams can be hard on your heart.
"It is very stressful. You have little control over it. And it is something, like most stressful situations, can have an impact on your heart. I can increase your heart rate and increase your blood pressure- both of which are very bad for your system in the short-term, as well as in the long-term," said Dr. David Frid with the Cleveland Clinic.
One study linked long commutes to belly fat, high blood pressur, and a lack of exercise -- all of which are hard on the heart.
Another recent study out of Denmark tied traffic noise to an increased risk of heart attack. Researchers believe stress levels rise when the honking and beeping around you does, too.
"Leaving with enough time that if a traffic jam occurs that you're not going to be bothered by it. If you get caught in a traffic jam- it is what it is. Don't get upset about it. Listen to your book, listen to the radio," said Dr. Frid
Dr. Frid says if you do get stuck in traffic and fear being late for something, you can alleviate some stress by using your cellphone to call ahead and warn those who may be waiting on you.
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