Aircraft noise linked to higher risk of heart disease and stroke
LONDON (REUTERS) - Exposure to high levels of aircraft noise near busy international airports has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and strokes in two separate studies from Britain and the United States (US).
Researchers in London studied data on noise and hospital admissions around London Heathrow airport while a separate team analysed data for more than 6 million Americans living near 89 US airports in 2009.
Both studies, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Wednesday, found that people living with the highest levels of aircraft noise had increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.
Mr Stephen Stansfeld, a professor at Queen Mary University of London who was not part of either research team but provided a commentary on their findings, said the results suggested that "aircraft noise exposure is not just a cause of annoyance, sleep disturbance, and reduced quality of life" but may also increase sickness and death from heart disease.