Sauna therapy improves endothelial and cardiac function

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Two independent studies were conducted, one in October 2001 and the other in March 2002. The purpose of both studies was to determine if repeated sauna therapy improves cardiac function in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF).

In the 2001 study, the objective was stated as follows:

“We sought to determine whether sauna therapy, a thermal vasodilation therapy, improves endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and smoking.”

The conclusions in both studies found that:

“Repeated sauna treatment improves impaired vascular endothelial function in the setting of coronary risk factors, suggesting a therapeutic role for sauna treatment in patients with risk factors for atherosclerosis.”

References:

Repeated thermal therapy improves impaired vascular endothelial function in patients with coronary risk factors

Repeated sauna treatment improves vascular endothelial and cardiac function in patients with chronic heart failure


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