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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 38  |  Page : 27--33

Road traffic noise and cardiovascular risk

Wolfgang Babisch 
 Department of Environmental Hygiene, Federal Environment Agency, Germany

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Wolfgang Babisch
Corrensplatz 1, 14195 Berlin

Studies on the association between community noise and cardiovascular risk were subjected to a meta-analysis for deriving a common dose-effect curve. Peer-reviewed articles, objective assessment of exposure and outcome as well as control for confounding and multiple exposure categories were all necessary inclusion criteria. A distinction was made between descriptive (cross-sectional) and analytical (case-control, cohort) studies. Meta-analyses were carried out for two descriptive and five analytical studies for calculating a pooled dose-effect curve for the association between road traffic noise levels and the risk of myocardial infarction. No increase in risk was found below 60 dB(A) for the average A-weighted sound pressure levels during the day. An increase in risk was found with increasing noise levels above 60 dB(A) thus showing a dose-response relationship. A risk curve was estimated for the association using a polynomial fit of the data that can be used for risk assessment and the environmental burden of disease calculations.

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Babisch W. Road traffic noise and cardiovascular risk.Noise Health 2008;10:27-33

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Babisch W. Road traffic noise and cardiovascular risk. Noise Health [serial online] 2008 [cited 2022 Oct 4 ];10:27-33
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