[Sauna: cardiac and vascular benefits and risks]

Presse Med. 2011 Oct;40(10):895-9. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2011.02.010. Epub 2011 Mar 17.
[Article in French]


Sauna bathing is a traditional activity in Finland that has become popular for the past decades in Europe and in the United States. However, it is still considered that patients with cardiovascular pathologies should avoid sauna bathing. Clinical studies have nevertheless showed that sauna was safe for patients with a stable heart condition (hypertension, coronary disease, stable controlled chronic heart failure). Besides, results from recent Japanese studies seem to point out potential benefits for patients with chronic congestive heart failure, but the results need confirmation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Steam Bath / adverse effects*