Car Noise Stokes Heart Attacks, Study Finds – Streetsblog New York City

No wonder he called his big hit “thunder Road. ”

All these heartbreaking sounds of cars – roaring engines, rocking horns, squeaking brakes and squeaking metal that we have to endure day and night – are not just an inconvenience for people living in cities or near highways: they actually contribute to heart attacks, cardiovascular damage and higher levels of heart disease, according to a study by New Jersey residents by researchers at Rutgers Medical School’s Robert Wood Johnson School.

So in addition to the growing deaths on the roads, cars are killing us with theirs noise.

IN study uses US data to examine nearly 16,000 Garden State residents hospitalized for heart attack in 2018. Heart rate was found to be 72 percent higher in areas with high traffic noise (cars but also air traffic; Attention: Stop Chop NYNJ), with as many as 5 per cent of hospitalizations for heart attacks being traceable to increased transport noise. He identified high-noise areas as those that average more than 65 decibels – the level of loud conversation – during a day.

The Revolutionary Survey – one of the first such efforts in the United States – is in line with several European studies and can probably be reproduced in equally dense, noisy urban areas.

“When people talk about pollution, they usually talk about particles in the air or water,” said lead author Dr Abel Moreira in a statement. “But there are other forms of pollution, and noise pollution is one of them.”

People living in noisy areas had 3,336 heart attacks per 100,000 population, compared with 1,938 heart attacks per 100,000 for those in quieter neighborhoods – meaning traffic has caused about 1 in 20 heart attacks in the population. New Jersey (The boss wasn’t kidding when he called the cars “suicide machines”).

To feel the noise that Jersey drivers bring to New York, watch the tweet video below:

“People intuitively know that car noise is unpleasant – given the choice, people prefer to live away from busy roads and few people like to talk or try to concentrate on their work while drivers lean on horns. outside – and this study does more than just prove their intuition, “said street safety activist Doug Gordon, who is working on a noise pollution project with Possible, the UK-based climate foundation. “This adds to the growing body of evidence that noise pollution generated by cars and traffic is not just annoying but unhealthy. This is a reminder that cities they are not strong; cars are strong. ”

The study provides even more evidence of the harmful effects of cars on health, which are destroying the planet and killing people and other animals. In New Jersey, the most populous state in the country, transport ranks as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and therefore global warming, contributing 41 percent of the total, according to the State Department of Environmental Protection. (In New York, this is the second largest sourceafter buildings.) The dust particles emitted by cars cause asthma, another cause of premature death, which is highest in places full of highways. (I’m watching you, NJ Turnpike and I-80.) Not to mention that Road accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 55 – and the leading cause of unnatural death for Americans traveling or staying abroad are noted with dissatisfaction by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“As cardiologists, we are used to thinking about many traditional risk factors such as smoking, hypertension or diabetes,” Moreira added. “This study and others suggest that we may need to start thinking about air pollution and noise pollution as additional risk factors for cardiovascular disease” because of their association with chronic stress, sleep disorders and anxiety and depression, all of which may affect cardiovascular health.

The study does not analyze data on demographic or socio-economic disparities or take into account other health risks, which suggests additional ways of research. Moreira said better sound insulation for buildings, low-noise tires for vehicles, enforcement of noise laws, infrastructure such as strong walls that block road noise, and air traffic rules could help mitigate the effects of noise pollution.

Of course, people they could get out of their cars and get on public transport – which would also help with emissions (although toll – dependent agencies such as Turnpike Authority and the port authorities of New York and New Jersey have an interest in keeping Jersey driving).

Apparently Bruce Springsteen confused: this is death, not redemption, this is under this dirty hood.