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Old 01-08-2018, 01:26 PM
 
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Here comes an off-the-wall but I recently read that BP in folks goes up alot, if w/in a certain dist from trains.

It is obvious why this may be so, but anyone confirm an actual approx dist that is safe? I have no idea how to research this, as 2 homes we like are w/ in 1/4-1/2 mi from tracks, & thus will be rumble & loud affected.

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Old 01-08-2018, 01:55 PM
 
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You could get a decibel meter and use it near the two houses. Amazon sells them.

And here is a chart that shows what decibel levels affect health: https://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/harmf...topic-overview

Sound-proofing materials used inside each house may be different though, which would affect the indoor noise level from the trains.
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Old 01-08-2018, 01:59 PM
 
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You could get a decibel meter and use it near the two houses. Amazon sells them.

And here is a chart that shows what decibel levels affect health: https://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/harmf...topic-overview

Sound-proofing materials used inside each house may be different though, which would affect the indoor noise level from the trains.
TY on this & will look into it.
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Old 01-08-2018, 03:03 PM
 
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Both my wife and I live just a few yards from the railroad tracks. There's a crossing at a road nearby. When the trains go by heading into town, they blast the horn several times as a warning before crossing the road. Sometimes the horn goes off right behind our house, and sometimes slightly after they pass the house. Between the horn and the rumble of the train cars, it can get pretty noisy.

Both my wife and I have problems with irregular heartbeat. That said, the trains, albeit rather loud, don't have an effect on our heart problems. We do take medications to keep our health issues under control. We've lived here for nearly 30 years.
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:20 PM
 
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Both my wife and I live just a few yards from the railroad tracks. There's a crossing at a road nearby. When the trains go by heading into town, they blast the horn several times as a warning before crossing the road. Sometimes the horn goes off right behind our house, and sometimes slightly after they pass the house. Between the horn and the rumble of the train cars, it can get pretty noisy.

Both my wife and I have problems with irregular heartbeat. That said, the trains, albeit rather loud, don't have an effect on our heart problems. We do take medications to keep our health issues under control. We've lived here for nearly 30 years.
TY for this.

Do you think it contributed to your heart probs? I do very much wish you both luck & good health.

I worry re this as had no idea this related, but after somehow finding out & looking it up, was kind of discouraged. But as in your case, it may be a genetic issue more than the train issue.

Anyway, good info from you & hope others can add to this. It seems a good study for a Univ to do.
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Old 01-08-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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TY for this.

Do you think it contributed to your heart probs? I do very much wish you both luck & good health.

I worry re this as had no idea this related, but after somehow finding out & looking it up, was kind of discouraged. But as in your case, it may be a genetic issue more than the train issue.

Anyway, good info from you & hope others can add to this. It seems a good study for a Univ to do.
No, I don't think the trains contributed to the problem of atrial fibrillation, although for some people if the noise causes enough stress, that might contribute to it. Nothing was pinned down for me as a specific cause, but there are a lot of things that can contribute.

In addition to the daily BP med, I now have to take a blood thinner (Warfarin) to avoid clotting which could cause a stroke. When it hit me, I spent a few days in the hospital's intensive care unit. That was pretty boring and I wanted nothing more than to get out and go home. Generally, I'm doing okay, because of the meds and because of changes in my diet and lifestyle. It may be that I'll never have another atrial defib again, but I'm doing whatever I can to avoid that from happening.

If you're concerned about your blood pressure, stresses, or other concerns, if you haven't already, I'd strongly recommend seeing your PCP for a checkup.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20350624
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Old 01-08-2018, 07:55 PM
 
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I lived half a block from the elevated subway track , part on NYC transits system for most of my life. I could tell you that unless I was thinking of taking the train, I rarely notice it go by.

A bigger stressor of having a train close by may be the added congestion, or more Urban enviorment being next to a transit station.

I also lived near the freight trains for a few years, the occasional whistle or rumble in the middle of the night was barely noticeable.

There are other factors that mare trigger high BP, like being over weight, not excercising, salty or fatty fried foods.
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:27 PM
 
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I admit to being a lifelong railroad buff, and have lived within fifty yards of two very active (average thirty trains daily) highway crossings in the center of communities with a population of 2-3000 for most of the last twelve years. Sounding warnings on the locomotives' air horns is mandated by state law. It's been my experience that most people learn to simply "tune out' crossing noise after a few days.

But at any rate, I'm posting a link to one of the sites geared toward the nation's 100,000 railroad buffs, and have posted similar link to this forum;

The Public "Sounds Off"' on Grade-Crossing Noise - Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forums

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Old 01-08-2018, 08:37 PM
 
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The last two places I've lived have been within hearing distance of trains and I find it doesn't bother me. I'm not woken if I'm sleeping, and if I hear it while awake, I kind of like it. I have low bp, always have had.
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Old 01-08-2018, 09:28 PM
 
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It's like living with airplanes flying overhead, after awhile you get so used to it and you just don't notice them anymore.
We live 1/2 mile from train tracks and have Air Force planes flying overhead quite often. Never notice them anymore. My wife has A-fib and I have a heart condition and after 15 years living in this spot we haven't had any health problems related to trains or planes.
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