Using a Sauna for Heart Disease
Are saunas and heart health connected? Absolutely! The increase in circulation from an infrared sauna helps normalize blood flow and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Here’s how: as your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder, pumping blood at a faster rate, boosting circulation and supplying the conditioning benefits of exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops, for improved overall heart health—just from increasing your internal body temperature.
Regular sauna sessions can also reduce blood vessel walls, and thinner blood vessel walls are associated with a reduced chance of heart attacks and strokes. In fact, when a patient has elevated scores of intra medial thickness (IMT) of the carotid arteries, many doctors recommend regular use of a far infrared sauna to lower their risk of having a stroke.
Remember that not just any sauna will do. A far infrared sauna for heart disease therapy offers all the benefits that traditional saunas do not, and at much lower temperatures. High-heat saunas and heart disease don’t mix, so be sure you’re staying hydrated and sticking to far infrared sauna, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease.
Saunas and Heart Disease– Case Studies
Recent studies show promising benefits of saunas and heart health maintenance. In one Japanese study, about 25 men with at least one risk factor for heart disease were evaluated after using an infrared sauna for 15 minutes every other day for two weeks. They also rested in beds, covered with blankets for 30 minutes afterward, and had the thickness of their artery lining measure by ultrasound. In the American Journal of Cardiology, the investigators reported a 40% reduction of the inner lining of blood vessels which supports lower blood pressure and heart health.