The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 18 million people die annually from cardiovascular diseases, which could be preventable with lifestyle behaviours such as regularly using a sauna.
A study that was conducted involving 19 healthy adults showed that the cardiovascular effects of a single 25-minute sauna session were comparable to moderate physical exercise. Both using the sauna and during moderate exercise, the heart rate and blood pressure of the participants’ increased. After their sauna or exercise finished, their blood pressure and heart rate dropped below their baseline levels that had been measured prior to their activity.
Compared to men who only used the sauna once per week, moderate sauna users (2-3 times per week) are 22% less likely to experience sudden cardiac death, and frequent users (4-7 times per week) are 63% less likely to experience sudden cardiac death.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a chronic elevation of blood pressure. Your blood pressure can be an predictor of future incidence of stroke, heart attack or cardiovascular-related death. It has been shown in studies that regular sauna users have a lower incidence of hypertension therefore reducing the risk of these health issues.
This information comes from Dr. Rhonda Patrick, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical science and is dedicated to encouraging the wider public to think about their own health and longevity using a proactive, preventative approach. You can read her report about saunas and their effects on heart health at https://www.foundmyfitness.com/topics/sauna#cardiovascular-health
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