How saunas may help your heart
Over 2,000 Finnish men were surveyed about the frequency of their sauna visits each week for 20 years. Men who went to the sauna four to seven times a week lowered their risk of sudden cardiac risk by 63 percent, had a 48 percent lower risk of chronic heart disease, a 50 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and were 40 percent less likely to die from all other causes of death compared to those who went to the sauna once a week. Even, men who went to the sauna two to three times a week benefited.
Time also played a part in the heart health of the men. The longer they spent in the sauna, the lower their heart risk. Men who spent more than 19 minutes in the sauna decreased their risk of dying from sudden cardiac death by 52 percent compared to those who spent only 11 minutes.
“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,” said researchers. “Our results suggest that sauna bathing is a recommendable health habit, although further studies are needed to confirm our results in different population settings.”
Study leaders believe these findings could be duplicated in other populations, however more research is needed.
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