Noisy planes boost blood pressure: RIVM

Up to 1,600 people around Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport suffer from high blood pressure as a result of the noise made by planes at night, according to the government’s public health body RIVM.

The Dutch public health body concludes that between 600 and 1,600 people, or 2% of those who live close to Schiphol, have high blood pressure attributable to the noise caused by planes, especially at night.
And there is a correlation between how loud the noise is and how high the blood pressure is.
The RIVM analysis is based on European research involving 5,000 people living close to six major European airports including Schiphol and London’s Heathrow.
The European survey measured the blood pressure of people between the ages of 45 and 70 who have been living close to an airport for at least five years. The findings were adjusted to take other factors that are known to contribute to high blood pressure into account.
The full European report will be published in March, the Volkskrant says.

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