A recent article from JAMA researched the effects of saunas on Finnish males. The results are startling and could bring hope to help Americans reduce their risk of heart diseases. Two thousand middle-aged men were studied over a 20-year period.
These scientists found that an increase in sauna usage resulted to one-half as many cardiac deaths to those who used the sauna 4-7 times a week when compared to those who used the sauna only once a week. The scientists divided the group into those who used the sauna once a week, 2-3 times a week, and 4-7 times a week.
Sudden cardiac death of these 10.1% for once a week, 7.8% for 2-3 times a week and only 5% for those using the sauna 4-7 times a week. We see similar reduction in fatal coronary heart disease and fatal cardiovascular disease.
We also see reduction in all causes of mortality. So the sauna is a true life extender.
Statins themselves show no reduction in all-cause mortality and sometimes only a modest reduction in cardiovascular risks. Given the side effects of using statins, adding sauna use to lifestyle modification maybe much more effective.
A finish sauna is a dry sauna. Infrared saunas would be very similar. You can find reasonable prices online and even at Home Depot. I found them for as low as $153.00 on eBay. I use a small infrared sauna at home and find it helps with a variety of disorders.
A sauna will not reduce the risk immediately, but long-term use will help improve your health.