This week experts have found that those things we call airports are not only hubs for modern day travel and nexi of holiday mayhem, they are also noiseports that are raising the blood pressures of hapless bystanders who unknowingly slumber near them.
Apparently airport area dwellers experience raised systolic and diastolic blood pressures during noisy takeoffs and landings even while they sleep. Raised blood pressure is a key contributor to heart disease and should be avoided.
These negative effects are not limited to just roaring airplanes but unwanted cacophonousness in general:
"The study adds to the literature that noxious and stressful exposures have adverse cardiovascular consequences," said Dr. Harlan M. Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.
More studies are needed to see if avoiding noise can benefit the heart.
** pictured above: the Wright Brothers, possibly downplaying high blood pressure with stoic countenance.
Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., is professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include Internal Medicine, Cardiology (Heart), Echocardiography (Cardiac Imaging), and Clinical Cardiology. He practices in New Haven, Connecticut.