A lot of people who enjoy saunas should be happy to hear that new research points to positive health benefits which are associated with the use of saunas. The JAMA Network Journals reported, sauna use has been found to be associated with decreased risk of cardiac and all-cause mortality. A new study has suggested that men who engaged in the frequent use of saunas had decreased risks of fatal cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality.
There have been some studies which have shown an association between sauna bathing and better cardiovascular and circulatory function. However, the association between regular sauna bathing and risk of sudden cardiac death and fatal cardiovascular diseases has not been clear. Jari A. Laukkanen, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Eastern Finland, and associates investigated the link between sauna bathing and the risk of sudden cardiac death, fatal cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality.
In comparison with men who reported one sauna bathing session per week, the risk of sudden cardiac death was 22 percent lower for 2 to 3 sauna bathing sessions per week and 63 percent lower for 4 to 7 sauna sessions during a week. It was also observed the risk of fatal coronary heart disease events was 23 percent lower for 2 to 3 sauna sessions and 48 percent lower for 4 to 7 sauna sessions a week in comparison to once a week. For all-cause mortality, sauna bathing 2 to 3 times a week was found to be associated with a 24 percent decreased risk and 4 to 7 times per week with a 40 percent decrease in comparison to only one sauna session per week.
This study has been published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Sauna bathing has been found to be a health habit which is associated with better hemodynamic function. The association of sauna bathing with cardiovascular and all-cause mortality is now better understood. Therefore if you enjoy saunas you may be healthier and live longer.