|"Living Under A Flight Path Can Damage Your Health"|
New study links aircraft noise from Heathrow to increased risk of heart disease and strokes
A new study, to be published tomorrow, has found that deaths from stroke, heart and circulatory disease are 20% higher in areas with high levels of aircraft noise than in places with the least noise (1).
The new research backs up the findings of earlier work published by Imperial College. The 2008 HYENA Study discovered a 14% increase in the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) for each 10 decibel increase in night-time aircraft noise. It looked at 4,861 people aged between 45 and 70 who had lived near Heathrow, Berlin Tegel, Amsterdam Schiphol, Stockholm Arlanda, Milan Malpensa and Athens Elephterios Venizelos airports for at least five years.
John Stewart, chair of HACAN said:
(1) A. Hansell et al. 'Aircraft noise and cardiovascular disease near Heathrow airport in London: small area study.' British Medical Journal, 2013: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/doi/10.1136/bmj.f5432
October 8, 2013