Jet Noise Linked to Heart Risks

Aircraft may cause hypertension, heart attacks
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 4:30 AM CST
A new study says people living near airports risk serious health problems caused by high blood pressure brought on by noise.    ((c) Beetho Martinez)
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(Newser) – People who live near airports may be at risk for stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure, according to a new study. Research funded by the European Commission found that aircraft noise significantly increases blood pressure, even while victims are asleep, potentially triggering a wide range of health problems, reports Reuters.

"We know that noise from air traffic can be a source of irritation, but our research shows that it can also be damaging for people's health, which is particularly significant in light of plans to expand international airports,"  said a health expert. (Read more airport stories.)