Facts and Fables about Sauna

@article{Kauppinen1997FactsAF,
  title={Facts and Fables about Sauna},
  author={K Kauppinen},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={1997},
  volume={813}
}
  • K. Kauppinen
  • Published 1 March 1997
  • Medicine
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
In summary, sauna baths are well tolerated and pose no risk to healthy people from infancy to old age, including healthy women in their uncomplicated pregnancy. The normal sauna bath, with moderate cool-off phases, increases the cardiac work load about as much as a brisk walk. It has been well established that the sauna bath, no matter what the cool-off type, does not pose any circulatory risk to healthy people. Cardiovascular patients with essential hypertension, coronary heart disease or past… Expand
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The typical Finnish sauna bath is safe, and even patients who have recovered from acute myocardial infarction can enjoy the sauna without incurring any harmful cardiovascular effects. Expand
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The after effects of sauna bathing of children reported in this study are substantial enough to warrant clinical paediatric involvement in unravelling the relation between the psychosomatic symptoms reported by children and their exposure to the raised temperature. Expand
Children in Sauna: Electrocardiographic Abnormalities
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The sinus arrest suggest that heat stress in sauna is considerable and may be risky for those children who have disorders of the sinoatrial node. Expand
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The effects of sauna bathing on the ventilation have been evaluated by use of peak-flow meters and only one 12-years old girl suffered an attack of bronchial asthma while using a cold shower, probably as a result of breathing cold air. Expand
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For over a hundred years Finnish sauna has been documented as a physiotherapeutic method in respiratory diseases and heat load, sauna air and sympathetic stimulation generally do not cause problems to the lungs. Expand
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It is concluded that regular sauna bathing probably reduces the incidence of common colds, but further studies are needed to prove this. Expand
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  • Medicine
  • Annals of clinical research
  • 1988
TLDR
The risk of cardiovascular complications in correctly practiced sauna bathing is very small and it is confined to subjects predisposed to the risk because of manifest or latent cardiovascular abnormalities. Expand
The sauna and the heart
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  • Medicine
  • Duodecim; laaketieteellinen aikakauskirja
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Individuals with coronary heart disease show a high tolerance of the sauna, as has been reported in studies using continuous ECG, and a combination of sauna bathing and cardiovascular drugs does not produce harmful reactions. Expand
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Changes indicate that the Finnish sauna bath puts great demands on a child's circulatory regulation, and particularly small children should be supervised carefully during sauna bathing. Expand
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