In a recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers found that people exposed to loud aircraft noise were at an increased risk of experiencing fatal cardiovascular events. The residents who lived closer Heathrow Airport (London) where the aircraft noise was the loudest had higher rates of hospital admissions and/or death from cardiovascular events. Dr. Anna Hansell, one of the researchers, suggests that it may be the startling aspect of the noise that may be negatively affecting health by raising blood pressures and disturbing sleep. The authors reminded readers that the aircraft noise is definitely not a top offender for cardiovascular events compared with smoking, diet, and low exercise activity. How often do you discuss disease risk factors related to the living environment with your patients? How can we minimize these disturbances?
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