Adjustments in Coronary Blood Flow with Noise Stimulation

  • V. Colletti
  • F. G. Fiorino
  • I. Sheiban
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 111)


We are all aware of the damaging action of noise on the auditory system; however, loud noises have also been thought to affect other organ systems. Among these, the cardiovascular system is considered the most involved and therefore has been given the most attention in animals and in humans. The cardiovascular system is a “stress strain” apparatus which can respond to a wide range of environmental conditions such as temperature and exercise. From a clinical point of view, it is well known that cardiovascular diseases are the major causes of death [1], As shown in Table 1, 48.5% of the total mortality rate involves cardiovascular diseases. Among these, ischemic cardiopathies are the most prevalent cause of death, with a figure of 34.9%. Table 2 details the possible risk factors of ischemic cardiopathy. Among these hypercholesterolemia, smoking and arterial hypertension are statistically confirmed causes of miocardial ischemia. Other associated factors are sedentary occupations and psychological or environmental stress. In spite of the large number of risk factors, it may be noted that noise is not included. This may be due to the lack of attention given to the problem or to the negligible effects of this physical agent.


Coronary Blood Flow Noise Exposure Traffic Noise Aircraft Noise Variant Angina 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Colletti
    • 1
  • F. G. Fiorino
    • 1
  • I. Sheiban
    • 2
  1. 1.ENT DepartmentUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly
  2. 2.Cardiology DepartmentUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly

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