Airport noise linked to increased risk of high blood pressure

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Susan Perry Long-term exposure to airplane noise — particularly during the night — is associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and perhaps heart arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat) and stroke, according to a new European study.The study also found that the effect of airplane noise on high blood pressure was independent of the noise’s “annoyance factor” — in other words, it was not related to how much people said the noise bothered them.“Our latest study adds to a number of recent studies providing evidence that noise exposure from transport sources may be related to ill health,” wrote Klea Katsouyanni, the study’s senior author and an environmental epidemiologist at King's College London, in an article she...

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