Saunas good for strokes?

If you ever needed another reason to visit a sauna, here it is

Are there any health risks associated with the sauna?

Saunas are well known for their health benefits; but are there any risks involved in sauna bathing?

Saunas are healthy; can they ever be harmful?

The sauna has been highly regarded for its health benefits for hundreds of years.

Saunas are increasingly common in health clubs and spa hotels and the homes of people who take their relaxation and health seriously.

There is no doubt about the health benefits of regular sauna bathing sessions and for a list of those benefits, just follow this link.

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Daily saunas may reduce stroke risk

"A daily sauna could cut your risk of stroke by as much as 61%," the Mail Online reports. However, this headline is based on findings from a small subgroup of 197 people who were taking saunas 4 to 7 times a week amongst a study population of 1,628 Finnish people. Few people in the study had less than one Finnish-style sauna a week. This frequency and type of sauna bathing would be unusual in the UK.

Only 155 (6%) of the total sample had a stroke within 14 years of follow up and this small number of events makes the results less reliable. The media failed to report there were insufficient people in the study who did not have saunas at all to make a valid comparison with the UK population.

Saunas are an inherent part of Finnish culture, in the same way that pubs or fish and chips tap into the heart of UK culture. And obviously, most people in the UK won't have daily access to sauna facilities.

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