Road Noise Drives Blood Pressure Up

Stress, sleep interruptions may be at fault: researchers
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 10, 2009 12:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – People who live close to noisy roads may face a greater threat of developing high blood pressure than residents of quieter areas, researchers in Sweden say. People experiencing average daily noise exposure above 60 decibels have a more than 25% higher risk of hypertension, a study shows. The researchers link the findings to stress and possible sleep disruption caused by noise. But other experts aren’t so sure about the results, the BBC reports.

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“It seems to me that they have found an association rather than a cause. Other factors, such as smoking, diet and deprivation, are likely to be playing more of a role,” says a British public health expert.
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