I have noisy distractions when I am trying to work. In fact, when I sit down to write I wear foam ear plugs to cut down on the noise on the street below.

Now, I am especially glad I do.

I just read a study that reveals workers who deal with constant noise on the job are two or even three times more likely to have serious heart problems than people who work in quiet workplaces.

The revelation comes from researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found 21.2 percent that were exposed to chronic occupational noise.

“Chronic exposure to occupational noise is strongly associated with prevalence of CHD (coronary heart disease), especially for young male current smokers. This study suggests that excess noise exposure in the workplace is an important occupational health issue and deserves special attention,” researchers wrote in the article.

Although the study cites “persistent loud noise,” even inconsistent noises can be a major distraction. In other words, workplaces with chatter, music and other unwanted background noises might not be bad for your health—but they are bad for your productivity.

Virtual offices can help cut down on the noise—and cut down on the distractions. A virtual office space gives you the freedom to work from the comfort—and quiet—of your own home. Virtual offices can also be combined with virtual receptionist and virtual assistant services that can, as a package, keep the distractions at bay so you can focus on the work at hand.

When you work from a virtual office, you don’t have to worry about your co-worker catching you on the way to the water cooler or the coffee pot wanting to talk with you about the football game last night. When you work from a virtual office, you don’t have to work during normal office hours, either. You have the ultimate flexibility.

So if you are looking to reduce the noise you deal with, consider a virtual office space. Virtual offices and virtual office technologies can help you slash the noise and improve your productivity. That’s good for your stress levels, and good for your health.