Thursday, October 10, 2013

Aircraft Noise Linked to Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Surely it is not just aircraft noise that is damaging.

Oct. 9, 2013 — Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, find two new studies.


The researchers found increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease for both hospital admissions and mortality, especially among the 2% of the study population exposed to the highest levels of daytime and night time aircraft noise.

Factors that could have affected the results, such as age, sex, ethnicity, social deprivation, smoking, air pollution, and road traffic noise were also taken into account.


However, the authors were unable to distinguish between night time and daytime noise and say more research is needed to determine if night time noise that disrupts sleep may be a mechanism underlying these associations.


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