Sauna Bathing as a Positive Way To Improve Cardiac Health

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
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Prof. Jari A. Laukkanen MD, PhD
Cardiologist, Department of Medicine
Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition
University of Eastern Finland
Kuopio, Finland

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: We have shown that sauna bathing is associated with a variety of health benefits, based on a large population study.

Using an experimental setting this time, the research group now investigated the physiological mechanisms through which the heat exposure of sauna may explain positive effects on cardiovascular system.

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Finnish Sauna May Be Heart Healthy

Jari Laukkanen Cardiologist, MD, PhD Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition University of Eastern Finland Kuopio, FinlandMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Jari Laukkanen Cardiologist, MD, PhD
Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition
University of Eastern Finland
Kuopio, Finland

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Laukkanen: We have been studying many risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the general population, and especially exploring protective factors of sudden cardiac death. In our qualified and well defined data on the KIHD prospective study, there were also many questionnaires about other health habits such as the use of sauna (how much, how often, temperature and so on). It was very logical to investigate further sauna use and the risk sudden cardiac death/CVDSs, because sauna is a part of our culture here in Finland. In this country, we have tradition to trust, that its healthy habit, although there are not previous studies showing the value of sauna in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. So we have to study this kind of health habit and CVVs in Finland based on our common traditions…

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