Sauna protects against death from heart disease

Another study confirmed the benefit of a sauna for health. It was found that in people over 50 years of steam reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.

Science once again proved the benefits of regular trips to the sauna on human health. And again, the honor of this discovery belongs to the scientists from Finland, and this country is called the homeland of the sauna. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland found that Hiking in a steam room can reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease in men older than 50 years. It was found that among people who visited the sauna 4 to 7 times a week, mortality from cardiovascular disease was 2.7 per 1,000 person-years. Those who visited the sauna just once a week, the mortality rate was 10.1 per 1,000 person-years.

Note that person-years is called the total number of years during which participants in the study being monitored. This method estimates the total number of new events among the participants of the observations in the selected time period. The lower the number of these events, the lower the risk. The most significant authors of the studies call the fact that regular trips to the sauna reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases of middle-aged people. And this applies not only men but also women.

Previous population-based studies were conducted mainly on men. There are several possible explanations of why the sauna is so good for the heart. Perhaps this is due to its ability to reduce blood pressure. In addition, a sauna contributes to the increased heart rate that can also be observed at moderate physical exertion. (READ MORE)