Are Saunas Heart Healthy? Recent study suggests, “Yes”!

August 18, 2017 – What does almost every Finn do once a week? Times up. They take a sauna. When you do the math it’s no wonder. There are roughly 2 million saunas in Finland, and there are only 5.3 million Finns.

Those sauna loving Finns come in all shapes, and sizes, and degrees of health. But what about those with heart disease? Is it safe for them to sauna? In our country, the medical community is divided on this issue. But the results of a study recently completed in Finland suggests that in this instance, there may be more benefits than believed.

The study was conducted to investigate the association of frequency and duration of sauna bathing with the risk of certain cardiovascular diseases. The results were reported in February 2015 by JAMA Internal Medicine (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2130724).  The focus group were middle-aged men (average age 53) and there health was tracked for 20-years. The research took into account a number of factors typically found in sufferers of heart disease such age, pre-existing disease, blood pressure, smoking, etc.

The conclusions were surprising. Using a dry sauna on a regular basis reduced the risk of dying from heart disease by as much as 50%.  For those that had an acute change in their symptoms, the risk of sudden death was reduced by up to 63%. According to one of the study’s authors, Dr. Lari Laukkanen, not only did sauna use outweigh the risk for those with heart disease, but those who took saunas from 4-7 times a week, actually appeared to be more protected from heart disease as a result.

Certain exceptions were noted. For those having experienced a recent heart attack, or who were suffering from unstable angina, or aortic valve narrowing, taking a sauna was not recommended. Those conditions need to be effectively managed before sauna use can be continued.

The study would suggest that using a Finnleo Traditional Sauna (minus the steam) or an Infrared Sauna, may offer some relief and help with stable heart disease. To learn more about the benefits of sauna, we invite you to visit on our convenient Puget Sound area showrooms today. Here’s to your health!

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