Vibroacoustic disease

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Vibroacoustic disease
Causeslow frequency noise

Vibroacoustic disease is a medical condition manifested in those who have had long-term exposure (≥ 10 yr) to large pressure amplitude (≥ 90 dB SPL) and low frequency noise (≤ 500 Hz).[1] The disease is said to lead to heart arrhythmia or even death.[2][3][4][5]

Vibroacoustic disease and sonic booms[edit]

During protests over the closure of the Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Puerto Rico, it was asserted that the noise created by the Navy's testing had negatively affected the health of civilians living on Vieques. In a study conducted for Puerto Rican Governor Calderon, 48 of the 50 Vieques residents tested were diagnosed as suffering from a thickening of heart tissue caused by exposure to sonic booms.[2] Simultaneously, the Ponce School of Medicine conducted an independent study and found other data to confirm the presence of vibroacoustic disease: 79% of Viequenses fishermen have thickened heart tissue, which is the main symptom of vibroacoustic disease.[2] The federal Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry reviewed Ponce School of Medicine study and concluded in 2001 that the Vieques heart study failed to provide any "clinically significant" evidence of heart disease.[6]

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  1. ^ Castel-Branco (March 1999). "The clinical stages of vibroacoustic disease". Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 70 (3 Pt 2): A32–9. PMID 10189154.
  2. ^ a b c Lindsay-Poland, John. “Health and the Navy in Vieques.” Fellowship of Reconciliation. 2001. Retrieved on 2007-01-19.
  3. ^ Jackson, Melissa (July 24, 2004). "Loud noise damaged my whole body". BBC.
  4. ^ Singer, Sydney Ross (November 26, 2012). "Bad Vibrations: Health Hazards of Geothermal and Wind Turbine Noise". Hawaii Reporter.
  5. ^ Pagano, Margareta (2 August 2009). "Are wind farms a health risk? US scientist identifies 'wind turbine syndrome' - Noise and vibration coming from large turbines are behind an increase in heart disease, migraine, panic attacks and other health problems, according to research by an American doctor". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-08-17.
  6. ^ Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR). "Expert Review of the Vieques Heart Study. Summary Report for the Vieques Heart Study Expert Panel Review." . Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 2001. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.