Sauna reduce heart disease

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A new study by a team at the University of Eastern Finland was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Internal Medicine claiming that spending time at a sauna could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other ailments.

It has already been well documented that exposure to high heat saunas has been linked to improved blood circulation, reduced blood pressure and overall better heart functionality. But this new study investigates the association between long-term sauna use and cardiovascular issues.

With a sample of 2,315 men followed over an average of 21 years, the researchers have concluded that an average of 4 to 7 weekly sauna sessions could lowest the risk of cardiovascular complications. But even those who engaged in 2 to 3 sauna sessions each week were 22% less likely to experience sudden cardiac death.

“This study provides prospective evidence that sauna bathing is a protective factor against the risk of sudden cardiac death, fatal CHD, fatal CVD and all-cause mortality events in the general male population.

 

Our results suggest that sauna bathing is a recommendable health habit, although further studies are needed to confirm our results in different population settings.”

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However, the researchers have noted that further study is needed to see if similar results can be found in women and other populations not accustomed to sauna use.

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