Using a Sauna for Congestive Heart Failure
Patients suffering from congestive heart failure know all too well the seriousness of their symptoms. While there is any number of treatment options, many patients search tirelessly for solutions to lessen symptoms and improve their quality of life. Recent studies show promising benefits of sauna heart failure relief. An infrared sauna for heart patients could just provide the solutions they’ve been looking for.
Infrared Sauna Congestive Heart Failure Relief—Case Studies
In the Journal of Cardiac Failure, researchers reported statistical improvements in blood pressure, strength of heart (ejection fraction on echocardiogram), and exercise tolerance while reducing number of hospital admissions in patients treated with sauna congestive heart failure therapy.
Miyamoto, H. et al. Safety and efficacy in repeated sauna bathing in patients with chronic systolic heart failure: a preliminary report. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2005; 11(6): 432-6.
A study in Circulation Journal studied 30 patients with congestive heart failure and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), treating half with bed rest only and adding infrared sauna congestive heart failure treatment for the other half. The researchers found statistical difference in the number of PVCs as well as a statistical improvement in the subjective functional status of the patients who participated in the sauna heart failure therapy. More research is needed for long-term benefits.
Kihara, Takashi, et al. Effects of repeated sauna treatment on ventricular arrhythmias in patients with chronic heart failure. Circulation Journal. 2004, 68: 1146-1151.
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggested that repeated use of a sauna improves the function of the impaired vascular endothelial cells in patients who are at risk for coronary artery disease. The mechanism of this is not fully understood and more research needs to be done in order to assess the role of sauna in prevention of heart disease.
Imamura, M, et al. Repeated thermal therapy improves impaired vascular endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2001, 38 (4): 1983-88.4.