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Chronic Stress as a Risk Factor in the Etiology of Coronary Heart Disease

This study has been completed.
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: May 25, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: August 2004

To conduct a prospective, longitudinal, analysis of the psychophysiological effects of chronic exposure to environmental stress. The study took advantage of a unique, naturally occurring experiment caused by the relocation of a major international airport.

Cardiovascular Diseases
Coronary Disease
Heart Diseases

Study Type: Observational

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Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Study Start Date: September 1992
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 1996
Detailed Description:


Studies were conducted on blood pressure and the neuroendocrine effects of noise resulting from the relocation of the Munich International Airport. At the former airport site the investigators monitored people exposed to high levels of noise and then tracked these same individuals as their ambient environment became normal following the shutdown of the airport. At the new airport site, the opposite situation occurred: Individuals living in normal, quiet ambient conditions became exposed to loud aircraft noise. At both sites, control groups were formed who were not exposed to aircraft noise. The study piggybacked onto a German sponsored grant. NIH funds covered the costs of cardiovascular and psycho-physiological data analysis. Measures included biochemical assays of chronic neuroendocrine markers of stress, resting blood pressure, and reactivity of blood pressure during cognitive tasks. Perceptions of community noise levels were also assessed as possible mediators of the stressful effects of chronic exposure to ambient, environmental noise.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

No eligibility criteria

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005352

Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigator: Gary Evans Cornell University
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00005352     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 4231
Study First Received: May 25, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Disease
Heart Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Myocardial Ischemia
Vascular Diseases processed this record on November 24, 2014