Sauna Use is Linked to Fewer Heart Problems
Did you know there are several studies that show saunas are linked to fewer heart problems. In honor of Heart Month, we look at how a sauna is good for your heart.
Health Heart, Healthy Life
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine shows the many benefits of sauna bathing. The most striking finding – spending regular time in a sauna may help keep your heart healthy and extend your life.
Researchers tracked 2,300 middle-aged men in Finland and grouped them by how much time they spent in a sauna. They spent an average of 14 minutes in the sauna at 175° F heat. They found the following:
- 49% of the men who went to a sauna once a week died.
- 38% of the men who went to a sauna two-three times a week died.
- Just 31% of the men who went four-seven times a week died.
They also found the frequent sauna visits were associated with lower death rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Lower Blood Pressure
Earlier studies have shown that people with risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes who use a sauna regularly benefit.
It appears the cardiovascular effects from the sauna can lower blood pressure and help the blood vessels.
Sauna bathing is usually safe and beneficial for people with mild heart failure as well. (Please don’t use a sauna without consulting a doctor first. This is especially true for those with unstable angina or a recent heart attack.)
Finnish Sauna Reduces Stress
For years, the sauna has held a strong place in Finnish culture. Saunas, like our Finnleo Sauna, are in more than 3 million homes in Finland (the population is about 5.5 million).
They are standard in offices and factories, and most residents of Finland have access to a sauna.
Saunas are designed to reduce stress, and in Finland they are also a gathering place for family and friends. They are a place to relax and enjoy the company of loved ones. So, by their very nature, they are stress-less places.
While saunas aren’t a substitute for exercise, their stress-relieving properties have a similar effect to mild exercise.
Saunas are good for you – perhaps even better than you thought. If you’d like to learn more about adding a sauna to your home, contact us today.
Please note: This does not constitute a doctor’s advice. Please talk to your physician before beginning sauna bathing.