Transportation noise and cardiovascular risk: updated review and synthesis of epidemiological studies indicate that the evidence has increased

Noise Health. 2006 Jan-Mar;8(30):1-29. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.32464.


The review provides an overview of epidemiological studies that were carried out in the field of community noise and cardiovascular risk. The studies and their characteristics are listed in the tables. Risk estimates derived from the individual studies are given for 5 dB(A) categories of the average A-weighted sound pressure level during the day. The noise sources considered in the studies are road and aircraft noise. The health endpoints are mean blood pressure, hypertension and ischaemic heart disease, including myocardial infarction. Study subjects are children and adults. The evidence of an association between transportation noise and cardiovascular risk has increased since the previous review published in Noise and Health in the year 2000.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Noise, Transportation / adverse effects*
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Urban Health*