Friday 15 November 2019

Hot saunas cut heart attack risk

Regular use of a sauna can help avoid a heart attack
Regular use of a sauna can help avoid a heart attack
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Nearly nine people, most of them men, will die of a heart attack in Ireland today. Advice on how to avoid a heart attack usually involves sacrifice - but a new study says men who use a sauna four to seven times a week might cut their risk of a heart attack by nearly two-thirds, compared with those who never use a sauna.

Academics monitored the health of 2,315 males between 42 and 60 in Eastern Finland over 20 years, and found that those who had visited saunas the most frequently - and for longer periods - were the least likely to have died from heart attacks. The findings in the journal published by the American Medical Association say risk of a sudden cardiac death was found to be 22pc lower for men who have two to three sauna sessions a week.

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