Sauna Use May Lower Heart Disease Risk in Men

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Sauna Use May Lower Heart Disease Risk in Men
Sauna Use May Lower Heart Disease Risk in Men

(HealthDay News) — Men who use saunas frequently may be less likely to die from heart disease, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The study researchers followed the health of 2,315 middle-aged men from eastern Finland for an average of 2 decades. The men were between the ages of ages 42 and 60 years.

The researchers found that risk of sudden cardiac death was 22% lower after two to three sauna bathing sessions per week and 63% lower with four to seven sauna sessions per week. 

Risk for fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) was 23% lower for two to three bathing sessions per week and 48% lower for four to seven sauna sessions per week. 

Risk for death from heart disease or stroke was 27% lower for two to three saunas a week and 50% lower for four to seven saunas a week. 

Men who visited the sauna two to three times per week had a 24% lower risk for death, while those who went four to seven times per week had a 40% reduction compared with only one sauna session per week.

Men's risk was also lower when they spent longer periods of time in a sauna each session. Compared with men who spent less than 11 minutes in the sauna, the risk for sudden cardiac death was 7% lower for sauna sessions of 11 to 19 minutes and 52% less for sessions lasting more than 19 minutes, according to the study.

Reference

  1. Laukkanen T et al. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.8187.
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