The Finnish Sauna Bath and Its Use in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

J Cardiopulm Rehabil. Jul-Aug 2000;20(4):225-30. doi: 10.1097/00008483-200007000-00002.

Abstract

The Finnish tradition of sauna bathing is meant to be an experience in relaxation, and the length of time spent in the sauna and the preferred temperature vary considerably among individuals. The pleasures of sauna bathing can be considered safe and without undue risk of cardiac complications even for CVD patients, providing bathing is conducted sensibly for an appropriate period of time, and extremes in temperature are voided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blood Circulation
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Temperature
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / physiopathology
  • Contraindications
  • Female
  • Finland
  • Heart Failure / physiopathology
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Hemodynamics
  • Hormones / blood
  • Hot Temperature
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Myocardial Ischemia / physiopathology
  • Physical Exertion
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety
  • Skin / blood supply
  • Steam Bath* / adverse effects
  • Temperature
  • Time Factors

Substances

  • Hormones