Do you often go to the sauna? Frequent users may have a lower risk of heart disease, according to a…
Do you often go to the sauna? Frequent users may have a lower risk of heart disease, according to a new report.
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Researchers from the University of Finland recently conducted a study published in the BMC Medicine Journal to explore the connection between sauna and risk of cardiovascular disease, which can lead to myocardial infarction and stroke .
To do so, they examined health data of more than 1 688 adults, with an average age of 63 years between 1998 and 2015. Participants then quit surveys that asked questions about how often they frequent the sauna.
After analyzing the results, they found using sauna four to seven times a week were associated with a lower chance of developing heart disease compared to those who only went once a week.
Additionally, those who spent 45 minutes in a sauna per week had a lower risk of heart disease compared to people who only spent 1
5 minutes a week in a sauna.
“An important result of this study is that more regular sauna use is associated with a lower risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) deaths in middle-aged to older women as well as in men,” co-author Jari Laukkanen said in a statement.  “There are several possible reasons why sauna use can reduce the risk of death due to CVD,” continued Laukkanen. “Our research group has shown in previous studies that high sauna use is associated with lower blood pressure. In addition, sauna use is known to trigger an increase in heart rate, similar to that seen in low to moderate intensity.”
The team noted some limitations. They acknowledged the information they judged were self-reported and were only from a region. For future investigations, they hope to expand their findings by evaluating other adults worldwide.
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