Do you often go to saunas? According to a new report, frequent users may be at lower risk for heart disease.
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Researchers from Finnish universities recently conducted a study published in the BMC Medicine Journal to examine the relationship between sauna damage and the risk of cardiovascular disease associated with Heart attacks and strokes.
For this purpose, between 1998 and 2015 they examined the health data of more than 1,688 adults with a mean age of 63 years. The participants then asked questionnaires asking how many times they came to the sauna.
After analyzing the results, they found that using saunas four to seven times a week was less likely to develop heart disease than those who only went once a week.
In addition, those who spent over 45 minutes In a sauna a week there was a lower risk of heart disease compared to people who spent only 1
"An important finding of this research is that a more regular sauna use is associated with a lower risk of death from CVD (cardiovascular disease) in older women and middle-aged men," co-author Jari Laukkanen said in a statement.
"There are several possible reasons why the use of sauna can reduce the risk of death caused by CVD," Laukkanen continued. "Our research team has shown in previous studies that high sauna demand is associated with lower blood pressure. In addition, it is known that the use of sauna triggers an increase in heart rate similar to that seen with low to moderate intensity physical exertion.
The team noted some limitations. They admitted that the information they evaluated was self-reported and came from only one region. For future research, they hope to expand their results by evaluating other adults around the world.
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