Can exposure to noise affect the 24 h blood pressure profile? Results from the HYENA study.

TitleCan exposure to noise affect the 24 h blood pressure profile? Results from the HYENA study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHaralabidis AS, Dimakopoulou K, Velonaki V, Barbaglia G, Mussin M, Giampaolo M, Selander J, Pershagen G, Dudley M-L, Babisch W, Swart W, Katsouyanni K, Jarup L
Corporate AuthorsHYENA Consortium
JournalJ Epidemiol Community Health
Date Published2011 Jun
KeywordsAged, Aircraft, Blood Pressure, Blood Pressure Determination, Environmental Exposure, Europe, Female, Humans, Linear Models, Male, Middle Aged, Noise, Transportation

UNLABELLED: OBJECTIVE; To study the association between exposure to transportation noise and blood pressure (BP) reduction during nighttime sleep.

METHODS: 24-h ambulatory BP measurements at 15-min intervals were carried out on 149 persons living near four major European airports. Noise indicators included total and source-specific equivalent indoor noise, total number of noise events, annoyance scores for aircraft and road traffic nighttime noise. Long-term noise exposure was also determined. Multivariate linear regression analysis was applied.

RESULTS: The pooled estimates show that the only noise indicator associated consistently with a decrease in BP dipping is road traffic noise. The effect shows that a 5 dB increase in measured road traffic noise during the study night is associated with 0.8% (-1.55, -0.05) less dipping in diastolic BP. Noise from aircraft was not associated with a decrease in dipping, except for a non-significant decrease noted in Athens, where the aircraft noise was higher. Noise from indoor sources did not affect BP dipping.

CONCLUSIONS: Road traffic noise exposure may be associated with a decrease in dipping. Noise from aircraft was not found to affect dipping in a consistent way across centres and indoor noise was not associated with dipping.

Alternate JournalJ Epidemiol Community Health
PubMed ID20584724