[Thermal therapy for the management of cardiovascular pathology]

Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2013 May-Jun;(3):57-61.
[Article in Russian]


This paper reports the results of analysis of the study on the effect of thermal therapy in the patients presenting with cardiovascular diseases including coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, and myocardial infarction. It is shown that the correct application of the "Finnish" and infrared sauna taking into consideration specific clinical characteristics of the disease in question and with strict compliance to the relevant methodological recommendations can produce beneficial effects in the form of the improved endothelial function, reduced heart rate variability and oxidative stress as well as enhanced physical performance. It is concluded that full-scale studies in accordance with the principles of evidence-based medicine are needed to further improve the effectiveness of the thermal treatment of cardiovascular diseases and the reliability of the data obtained.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / metabolism
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy*
  • Endothelium, Vascular / metabolism
  • Endothelium, Vascular / physiopathology
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Infrared Rays / therapeutic use*
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Physical Endurance
  • Steam Bath*