Thirty Minutes Sauna Bath Might Reduce Blood Pressure Levels : Study

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Have you tried Sauna Bath yet ? If not, you have to do it. A new study found that, taking a sauna bath of 30 minutes reduces blood pressure and increases vascular compliance as well as heart rate similarly to medium-intensity exercise. Their systolic blood pressure remained lower even after 30 minutes of sauna bathing. This can reduce the hypertension that was analysed on 100 participants.

The study showed that immediately after 30 minutes of sauna bathing, participants’ mean systolic blood pressure (the top number) reduced from 137 mmHg to 130 mmHg, and their diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure from 82 mmHg to 75 mmHg. Further, researchers observed an increase of vascular compliance, while also increasing heart rate similarly to medium-intensity exercise.

This study demonstrates that sauna bathing for 30 minutes has beneficial effects on arterial stiffness, BP, and some blood-based biomarkers, said the researchers, led by Jari Laukkanen, Professor and Cardiologist at the University of Eastern Finland. The findings shed light on the physiological mechanisms through which health benefits, which are caused by the heat exposure of sauna, may develop.

During sauna bathing, test subjects’ heart rate increased similarly to medium-intensity exercise, and their body temperature rose by approximately 2 degrees Celsius. The mean carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity of the participants, which is an indicator of vascular compliance, was 9.8 m/s before sauna, decreasing to 8.6 m/s immediately after. The research indicates that regular physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle promote cardiac health and prevent disease, but not all of the risk and protective factors are yet known.

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