Heat can be good for your heart

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REG­U­LAR sweats in a sauna cut the risk of death from heart at­tack or stroke, ex­perts claim.

The heat makes the heart pump in a sim­i­lar way to ex­er­cise, opens blood ves­sels and low­ers blood pres­sure.

Sci­en­tists ex­am­ined sauna habits of 1688 over-50s and tracked their health for an av­er­age of 15 years.

The more time some­one spent in a sauna, the less likely they were to die of dis­eases af­fect­ing the heart or blood ves­sels.

Even people with poor fit­ness ben­e­fited, boffins at East­ern Fin­land Univer­sity said.

Pro­fes­sor Jari Laukka­nen added: “Higher fre­quency of sauna bathing may be re­lated to lower risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease mor­tal­ity.”

Those who steam up two or three times a week slash heart at­tack or stroke risk by 25 per cent.

Four to seven ses­sions cuts the dan­ger by 77 per cent.

The rec­om­mended sauna tem­per­a­ture is 80–100C, with ses­sions last­ing about five–20 minutes.

But Pro­fes­sor Kausik Ray of Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don said it was likely people us­ing sau­nas also had bet­ter di­ets and took more care of their health.

— The Sun

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